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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

Family Ties

It’s a lot of pressure to make any sort of changes to a beloved family camp, especially when that camp has been around since the 1960s and is shared among six siblings. But Vermont-based Angela Drexel, the sibling who lives … Continue reading

Midcentury Revelation

When William (Billy) and Eleanor Lippincott decided to build a summer cottage for their family on Mount Desert Island in the early 1960s, they didn’t want the typical shingle cottage that was so popular at the time. Instead, they turned … Continue reading

Surfin’ USA

Many flock to Maine for lobsters, lighthouses, and lazy days. Dominique Fortier and Fred Lalonde adore that quintessential #MaineLife, but what drew them to buy a place on Higgins Beach was a more niche enthusiasm. “Higgins Beach is the Malibu … Continue reading

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