This vacation house draws it's design inspiration from the classic Maine coast shingle style houses from the turn of the century. At the same time the house also has contemporary elements as well which were desired by our clients. Our challenge was to blend them both together successfully. The siting of the house is on the highest point of the property and thru the trees are hints of Sebago Lake which lies beyond. We developed a cross gambrel strategy which pays homage to the shingle style houses of the past while introducing different textures to enhance focal points. A playful array of windows adds to the visual interest. A welcoming front porch greets visitors and draws them inside. Screen porches on two levels along with decks and terraces add to the outdoor ambiance. One terrace is enhanced with a pergola which adds definition to that space.
The interior is designed so that our clients can live primarily on one level. There is a residential elevator to connect to the upper and lower floors. Spatially the house is very informal with the main focal point spaces open to one another. This sense of openness enables the house to feel much larger than it actually is and the outdoors are brought in thru generously proportioned windows.
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