No Small Feat

Building codes limited this livable little house to no larger than 750 square feet. Within that small footprint, the owner wanted to maximize her book storage, include wall space for artwork, and create a cozy single-floor living space with simple and clean lines, a generous shower, and easily accessible storage for aging in place. The site slopes down toward the water, which allows the house to nestle gently into the grade. From the road side, a simple facade invites you in. From the water side, a more substantial modern facade with large windows pushed into the corners peeks through the trees.

Off the living room, an at-grade patio provides expanded living space in the summer months and a convenient place to let the dog outside all year long. The walk-out basement will remain unfinished, providing space for the mechanical system and storage. An extremely energy-efficient design and triple-glazed windows make the house comfortable, no matter the outside weather. With dramatic cathedral ceilings, wall-to-wall shelving, and glimpses of water through the abundant expanse of windows, the home serves as a cozy retreat for the book-loving owner.

Location: Mere Point, Brunswick
Architect: David Matero Architecture
Builder: TBD
Construction start: Spring 2018
Construction end: Fall 2018