Located inland of the Maine coast this shingle style residence is designed to fit into an upscale sub-division. Lot coverage, an oddly shaped buildable envelope, and having half of the lot reside within the shoreland zone all presented design challenges. Although this is an inland property there is a small pond to the rear which is why it was considered to be within the shoreland zone. To fit within the setbacks and meet all of the zoning restrictions the resulting design lent itself to be an L-shaped concept. The first floor focal point spaces are arranged to look towards the rear of the property which is wooded with the small pond beyond. This orientation also worked nicely for maximizing natural sunlight through out the day. The Living, Dining and Kitchen are modest in size but feel larger because of the openness of the spaces. The position of the Kitchen allows views in multiple directions. It was important for our client to be in the kitchen and be able to see toward the driveway as well as into the Living Room and Dining Room. The Kitchen, Dining, and Living Room spaces are all open to one another which reinforces the comfortable informal nature of the house.
In addition to these main spaces there is also a generously sized flexible space on the first floor which together with its own walk-in closet and full bathroom doubles as a second master suite. Initially it will be used as an office and TV room. Adjacent to the Living Room is a cozy screen porch which looks toward our client's swimming pool. There is also a first floor Laundry Room, Mud Room and two car garage. The second floor is comprised of the Master Suite, two en-suite Bed Rooms, a second Laundry Room, and a multi-purpose space over the Garage. Aesthetically the house is graceful and understated which will allow it to fit nicely into the neighborhood.
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