In the middle of winter, it’s nice to recall summer photo shoots where trees are full, grass is green, and lakes are glistening rather than frozen over. While the photos from our recently completed Pleasant Lake Camp in the Lakes and Mountains region of Western Maine are decidedly summery, the house is a four-season retreat that the family can enjoy year round.
On the site of a former girls summer camp, our clients—a Boston-based professional couple with young children—sought to create a lakefront retreat on their family property. The parents’ existing cottage and our clients' soon-to-be home needed to visually relate to one another, while also maintaining their own identity and privacy.
Upon entering the property between stone piers, an alley of 70-year-old white pines leads the way to the waterfront site. Our site-specific design planned for an open space between the camps on the inland side for family games and interaction. The homeowners were actively involved in the design process, drawing inspiration from turn-of-the-century waterfront camps and their own Maine roots. Creating a direct connection from indoor living spaces to outdoor living spaces was a key part of our design.