A small seaside community in Southern Maine of approximately 300 cottages has managed to maintain its quaint feel. Its family-oriented beachside neighborhood is known for year-round surfing, a village store, and inns. Many of the original cottages once modestly built are at limit with their high-exposure sites and increasing climatic demands.
The village community, like many, has implemented rigorous design standards—form-based zoning for future development. Many aspects of our design were restricted by these guidelines, including maximum and minimum dimensions, exterior materials, size of windows, porches, roof pitches, and character elements. As one of the first homes to be built in this community with this new type of zoning it was critical that we work closely with town officials to ensure the home fit within its context.