Past Perfect

The first 12 summers of designer Kate Davis’s life were some of her best. At the start of each season, she and her parents would migrate from Manhattan to the southeastern shore of Mount Desert Island, Maine. Once there, they … Continue reading

Bringing It All Together

Some home design trends that have been taken for granted over the past few decades are starting to shift. Nationwide, the square footage of new builds is a bit lower; lot size is going down. Open plans are losing steam … Continue reading

Perfectly Imperfect

As so often with coastal properties, it was the view that sold Jocelyn Dickson on the house. Dickson was moving north to Maine with her musician husband, Graham Dickson, leaving behind their previous apartment in New York City. Dickson is … Continue reading

Singular Vision

When you finally decide to move forward with the dream home you’ve been imagining for years, the finished product can’t come soon enough. Boston-based Georgia Murray and Mark Maloney first chose Yarmouth as their vacation spot for its proximity to … Continue reading

Coastal Allure

We’re both pretty down-to-earth outdoors people,” says Denyse Wise of herself and her fiancé, Eric Junker. “Being around nature is important to us.” “I’m a big water guy,” agrees Junker. “I paddle board every day.” Junker’s great-grandparents first bought property … Continue reading

Second Childhood

One day in 1993, Dan Higgins got a call from his brother Jim. “Guess where I am?” asked Jim, his voice barely suppressing his excitement. “It looks just like it did when we were kids!” At that moment, Jim was … Continue reading

Living With Art

Art: Jean Jack, Rest Awhile, oil on cradled panel, 30” x 24” (left of window); Jean Jack, Cumberland Summer, oil on canvas, 40” x 40” (right of window)—Portland Art Gallery Builder: Ethos Carpentry, Inc. Heat Pumps: Northeast Heat Pumps Structural … Continue reading

Architect Alex Lehnen ascends a spiral stair fabricated by Tunnelwerks International in Portland; the original house ended just behind it.

Small Wonder

In 2013, when Alex Lehnen, who is now a principal at Winkelman Architecture, purchased a house in the Bayside area of Portland with artist Joy Grannis, he says, “The small house movement was taking off, but the compact category was … Continue reading

That’s Entertainment

When asked what drew them to the Pine Tree State, Ken and Amy Ross credit their son as the primary influence. “Clint turned our New Yorker family into lovers of Maine,” says Ken, a longtime CBS executive and television producer … Continue reading

A Cape home in Kennebunk built by Scott Raymond

Business In The Front, Party On The Deck

It happens often to homebuilders, especially first-timers. You’ll go into a project knowing exactly what you want, with big hopes and big dreams and maybe even a big floor plan. Then the budget issues you a harsh dose of reality. Lumber … Continue reading