This home is located on a site previously occupied by a summer cottage. A review of the exiting cottage determined it was not suitable for renovation due to its construction and configuration. However, many of the trees and other plantings on the property were exceptional mature specimens of arboretum quality including many immediately adjacent to the cottage. Great care was taken to preserve the existing vegetation while razing the cottage. Due to restrictive shoreland zoning criteria, location and massing were given special consideration during the initial design process. Elements of the existing foundation were preserved and incorporated into the plan. Work was coordinated with the local code enforcement officer early on to ensure the viability of the design.
The client’s principle desire was to accommodate 5,000 s.f.+ of living area within a design that would both integrate with the landscape and give the appearance of a smaller home with the character and charm of an older Maine shingle style house. The design integrates the house with the landscape. This is most evident at the approach side where the drive is s