Architecture & Design

The Art of the Island Retreat

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On Little Diamond Island, Wright-Ryan Homes crafts a welcoming residence for an owner and a revolving door of guests. Photographed by Rob Karosis When you own a Maine island home, visitors ebb and flow like the tides. Crowds tend to roll in after Memorial Day and retreat when white-capped waves begin to churn up the […]

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Two Acres of Low-Maintenance Landscape in Penobscot

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An orchard of crab apples, a grove of sugar maples, even a hayfield — pastoral landscapes don’t get more idyllic than this. When two retired teachers built their dream home, their property was basically two acres of mown grass. The couple loved their pastoral Maine landscape, but they were not interested in mowing two acres […]

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George F. West House

Historic Highlight

The next time you drive north into Portland on Interstate 295, look for the George F. West house looming atop the Western Promenade. With its two-story portico supported by granite columns, yellow-brick façade, and red-tile roof, the 13,674-square-foot Georgian Revival building stands out among the neighborhood’s more modest brick and clapboard homes. Inside, the mansion […]

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Planning a New Home or Remodeling?

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These details make the difference. Whether you are planning a new custom home, designing an addition, or remodeling an existing space, Hammond Lumber Company helps you envision how Marvin Windows and Doors can change the way you live in your home. The tiniest details can create the look and feel you imagine. That’s why it’s […]

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A Modern Farmhouse Opens to the Coast

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Just 15 minutes from Portland, a home offers a connection with nature from every room. Ocean, sky, wetlands, tidal pools, forest — nature beckons from every room of this custom house on the site of a former saltwater farm. “From the beginning, the clients said, ‘We want this to feel like a summer camp for […]

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Labor of Love

Home Feature

A father designs an accessible, energy-efficient home for his quadriplegic daughter. By Sara Anne Donnelly Photographed by Jared Kuzia ander around Portland’s Oakdale neighborhood, and we bet you’ll notice 363 House. A silver-and-tangerine pop among staid Victorian homes, it has corrugated galvalume steel siding where its neighbors’ have cedar clapboards, crisp right angles instead of […]

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Dr. Cyrus Hamlin House

Historic Highlight

Dr. Cyrus Hamlin’s 1806 Paris Hill home was originally built as a large farmhouse with an attached barn. Embellishments such as the covered breezeway and full-façade porches came much later. Three years after the house’s construction, Dr. Hamlin and his wife, Anna, welcomed their fifth child, Hannibal, who later became ill. The Hamlin home was […]

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Walk This Way

Garden Feature

A landscape designer creates a welcoming entry with swirling stonework and colorful, textured plants. Photographed by Douglas Merriam house renovation should make you happy, but whenever Karen and her husband pulled into the driveway of their freshly updated Boothbay home, their spirits sank. The problem wasn’t the house — they loved it, and they loved […]

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Modern Summer Camp Style at the Lake

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Two window walls let in gorgeous lake views, while barn wood and other reclaimed materials create a relaxed vacation vibe. Despite their love of clean, modern design, the owners of this lakefront vacation home knew that style wasn’t quite right for their kitchen project. Aiming for a more casual look, they hired designer Kristina Crestin […]

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Form, Function, and Family

Before & After

By putting an end to a chronic battle with Mother Nature, architect Kevin Browne brings to fruition one family’s dream dwelling. Photographed by Jack Michaud In 2006, Savas Gunduz and Christy Worsley fell in love with and purchased a three-bedroom, ranch-style house in Falmouth. But the architectural details to which they were originally drawn — […]

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