Roque Bluffs, Maine

Johnson Cove Retreat

On a rocky bluff overlooking the Atlantic, this Norwegian-inspired four-season retreat was created to leave a light touch on the land. Our highly detailed design included an exposed structural system, requiring intense collaboration with the structural engineer. The timber frame construction is broken by slight angular shifts in floor plan that allow each room specific views. The arrangement of interior spaces allows the homeowner to rise with first light in the morning, live in the sun during the day, and end with sunset on the screened porch. A reading loft, complete with built-in daybed, occupies one end of a clerestory and serves as overflow guest space. Time-tested vernacular forms and durable materials that age gracefully in this marine environment further ground the structure to the site and will provide the homeowner with a lifetime of shelter.

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