Looking to retire in coastal Maine, a Massachusetts couple hired Kennebunk River Architects to design a home for the lot they selected at Tidewater Landing in Wells, which offers dramatic views of the harbor and the ocean beyond. The clients wanted open green spaces as well as footpaths to lead to the abutting tidal marsh. The property presented many challenges, including low height limitations, lot coverage requirements, a narrow size, and a significant slope. However, the biggest design challenge was providing property access while maintaining the desired sight lines, as the approach shares the same side as the view. The solution was to incorporate a two-car garage under the main living spaces. Elevating the interior and exterior living spaces affords much better views than would have been available at ground level. A three-sided wraparound porch leads directly to the main-level great room, and the open kitchen, first-floor owners’ suite, and two second-floor guest rooms all have ocean views.
The clients desired a cottage-style home, so the upper levels are contained within the roofline under flanking shed dormers, below which lies the wraparound porch’s low, sloping roof. Whitecedar shingles, playful window combinations, and a stone-veneer-clad chimney enhance the cottage look. Southeast solar orientation toward the view allows natural light to filter in throughout the day. Energy-efficient features, including spray-foam insulation, windows, mechanical systems, and fixtures, have been proposed.
Architect: Kennebunk River Architects
Builder: Father & Son Builders
Construction start: Summer 2017
Construction complete: Winter 2018