This custom house on the coast in southern Maine was inspired by the forms of fishing shacks that have clung to the state’s rugged shoreline for centuries. Breaking the overall volume of the structure into segments helped integrate it seamlessly into the site, evoking tumbled boulders from the ocean’s nearby edge. A cladding of weathered cedar and stone likewise stands in perfect harmony with the hues of nature.

The home opens its arms to the surrounding woods and waters with expanses of nearly floor-to-ceiling glass, while an enwrapping steel frame imparts a sense of enclosure and protection. The interior is arranged as a series of intimate, usable spaces that nonetheless feel generous and airy. Clean geometries and a pleasing juxtaposition of warm wood surfaces with cooler planes of white make the house a calming refuge, washed with radiance from the windows and multiple skylights.

“It’s a magical place. Who would ever want to leave?”

The Client


Maine Coast House