Good Design Endures

  To be honest, I was worried that we wouldn’t see many submissions for AIA Maine’s Annual Design Awards this year, but I was clearly wrong. The pandemic couldn’t stop the Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA … Continue reading

The Three Cabins

Architect Nate McBride knows when to go all-in. While homeowners Amy Davis and Bill Ambrose’s first inclination was to use restraint in every aspect of their project, including its siting, McBride challenged that perspective. Ultimately, he persuaded them that the … Continue reading

Luxury on the Lake

There are thousands of freshwater lakes and ponds in Maine. These bodies of water can start to look alike after you’ve visited a dozen, and yet each one is distinct. Sure, there are hundreds of lakes with pine-needle-tinged water, a … Continue reading

Ready to Roll—Or Not

On screens, tiny homes remain an enormously popular topic. No fewer than eight streamable TV shows feature them, and there are Pinterest boards on tiny house living that have millions of followers. But while downsizing and paring back on possessions … Continue reading

Log On!

In its heyday, Badger’s Dodge Pond Camps in Rangeley boasted a dining room renowned for its cuisine; hosted water sports, golf, tennis, and shuffleboard; and housed a riding academy. Established in 1921, the camp comprised 500 acres of heavily forested … Continue reading

Little House, Big Project

It all started as a joke. Karen and Jon Citow’s niece sent them the real estate listing saying, “You should buy it!” The “it” in question was an island the family passed by many times when the Citows and their … Continue reading

Starship Home

The prospective homeowner asked for a spaceship. More specifically, John Clark told architect Will Winkelman that he wanted “a Millennium Falcon cabin” to land on his newly purchased Peaks Island lot. The year was 2013, and John and Jane Clark* … Continue reading

Artful Point

The town of Cushing is not even remotely on the beaten path, and yet it is a place—and a landscape—that is deeply enmeshed in the American imagination. It is where Joan Rockwell’s family has lived for well more than a … Continue reading

Unified Front

The two houses are located 175 miles apart, and their neighborhoods couldn’t be more different. One sits in downtown Portland, perched above asphalt and cobblestones. The other opens onto a lush garden with views (in the winter) of Acadia National … Continue reading

A Splendid Reunion

Long before moving to Portland, I traveled here with a talented New York architect named Evan Galen. By then, our professional relationship (I styled his residential projects for photography) had blossomed into friendship. Evan had renovated a grand house in … Continue reading