ISLAND HOUSE AND BARN

 

ISLAND HOUSE AND BARN

This was a major project unfolding over a number of years. We gutted and renovated a dilapidated house on a spectacular island site in Maine. The design program called for the transformation of an undistinguished cape into a shingle style cottage with a clean, modern, spare, functional interior.

The design inspiration for the new barn derives from the traditional Maine "fish houses" -- storage and workshop buildings for working fishermen and lobstermen -- which dot the coast. We prefabricated the post and beam barn on the mainland, transported the components by barge to the island, and laboriously moved them to the job site on a narrow jeep track. We did the principal assembly in just three days then finished it out over the course of the winter.

The barn features gathering space on the first floor and guest quarters on the second. 75% of the Barn’s materials are locally grown and sourced Eastern white pine and hemlock.

We also oversaw and directed all the site work, septic system, landscaping, and construction of a new deepwater dock. The project was featured in two special episodes of the television show, “Renovation Nation,” and in Maine Home+Design Magazine.

 

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