Boothbay, Maine

Damariscotta River View Cottage

Whitten Architects’ site-specific design included the demolition of the split-level bedroom wing to give the main living spaces more sunny southern exposure. We teamed up with landscape architects Richardson & Associates to re-naturalize the landscape and bring the native surrounds to the building’s edge. The main living space was demolished to its foundation and rebuilt to accommodate taller wall heights and larger window and door systems. The minimal detailing in the millwork keeps the visual emphasis on the windows and view. A hidden door from the kitchen millwork maintains the home’s simple lines and provides access to an oversized butler’s pantry, laundry, and mechanical room, keeping the utility spaces out of sight to guests but easily accessible to the homeowners.

The home now comfortably accommodates the couple year-round, but easily grows to host friends and family from afar. The transformed landscape invites all to engage with it through the use of plantings, sitting and grilling terraces, a destination fire pit, and screened fireplace—all representing comfortable coastal Maine living.

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