A coastal Maine home designed to really feel prefer it’s floating over the water

Kaplan Thompson Architects along with Warren Building Group has designed this up to date coastal home that’s perched proper over Casco Bay in Yarmouth, Maine. While you enter, you’re greeted with a wall of glass that overlooks the in depth water views and three tales of impeccable craftsmanship.

The unique request for this venture was to “make this home really feel spacious, however with out utilizing a lot house.” The house owner had bought an present house that was modest in dimension, and needed it to be bigger, nonetheless the city would solely permit a minor growth past the unique footprint and quantity.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Kaplan Thompson Architects INTERIOR DESIGNER Pleasure Knight CONTRACTOR Warren Building Group LIGHTING DESIGNER TRS Lighting STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Becker Structural Engineers 


Having grown up within the surrounding neighborhood, the proprietor needed to be respectful to his neighbors and honor the normal home fashion (small, older Maine cottage) whereas additionally reaching a up to date really feel with loads of glass to assist reap the benefits of the in depth water views. The lot is located on and barely over a rocky ledge proper on the ocean, with sight traces main all the way in which to Portland within the distance

Above: The vaulted ceiling mixed with the 8-foot glass home windows and skylights let in loads of pure gentle, permitting you to really feel like you’re floating on Casco Bay.


Utilizing the unique footprint, this 3,260 sq. foot home was designed in order that the street-facing entrance emulates the opposite neighborhood properties with double-hung home windows which have divided lites. The facade is roofed in wooden shingles with a modest entrance porch and tiny dormer above. However as you journey round to the again of the home, the home windows regularly turn out to be bigger, lose their divisions, and switch into 8’-wide absolutely sliding openings on the rear.


Any deck house would have eaten into the allotted footage for the home, so the open bays have been designed with plate glass railings, permitting for the sensation of standing exterior whereas nonetheless technically inside. At excessive tide, if you happen to perch on the railing and look down, it’s as if you’re floating over the water.


The third-floor lofted house was constructed with an uncovered construction in an effort to see the beams on the ceiling within the kitchen and eating room beneath. It provides the home a contemporary cottage character whereas concurrently permitting for a further 10 inches of headroom. Transferring from the intimate kitchen and eating room into the vaulted most important dwelling space abruptly conveys a way of expansiveness, regardless of the modest quantity allowable. All through the home care was taken to furnish rooms to the perimeters, together with window seats that let you soak up full views.


Nature is commonly the motive force of design, and for the reason that home is situated over the water, the reflection of sunshine off the floor performs up and onto the ceilings of the rooms. Uncovered wooden beams, nickel hole partitions and ceilings made out of Douglas fir provides all the home a heat and vibrant vibe, which is just enhanced by gentle all through the day.


Wall house was at a premium, which means some depth needed to be sacrificed. Nonetheless, the home has a modified high-performance envelope and may be very power environment friendly. Photo voltaic panels on the roof present power and warmth pumps hold the inside heat (and funky), whereas a small wooden range takes the sting off and offers a distinction to the winter sea past the glass.


Just like constructing a ship, each potential sq. inch on this this coastal Maine home needed to be rigorously thought of. Three cantilevers work their approach up the rear of the home, making a kind of layer cake of prolonged bays. On the bottom ground, a bath is positioned within the bay window, permitting you to be enveloped in water actually and visually. There are a complete of three bedrooms and three bogs on this dwelling.


On the second ground, the pop-out holds a steady window seat. And on the third ground there are two built-in beds beneath the eaves, every with their very own small bookshelf and a skylight for good stargazing. Like on a ship, you won’t have a lot head house, however it’s nonetheless a beautiful place to be.


What We Love: This gorgeous house presents a modest dimension from the road and opens up on the waterfront aspect to three-levels. This design helps to fight the unique footprint constraints to permit a extra spacious ground plan. Expansive partitions of glazing not solely captures the spectacular waterfront views but additionally an abundance of pure gentle. The home windows additionally assist to create the phantasm that this house is floating over Casco Bay.

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