Architecture & Design

Captain Reuben Merrill House

Captain Reuben Merrill House

Historic Highlight

In Yarmouth, the Captain Reuben Merrill House — a.k.a. “Reuben’s Folly” — towers over West Main Street. The 1858 Italianate mansion crowned with a widow’s walk and five chimneys was once considered the grandest home in town, but the distinction came at a cost. While working to pay off the debts he incurred building and […]

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Portland Bungalow

Exterior Paint Makeovers

Home Design

Recently, there have been some amazing transformations on our Portland street. Not major renovations, mind you, but simple, impactful upgrades made primarily with fresh coats of paint. Exhibit A: Our friends’ bungalow (above), previously known to all as “the pink house,” is now a handsome inky gray with bright-white trim, brackets, and exposed rafter tails […]

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livingroom

Home Is Where Their Art Is

House Tour

Downsizers carve out space for themselves — and their collection — in 1,200 square feet. By Sarah Stebbins Photographed by Molly Haley Charles Morrison likes to say that he and his wife, Catherine, used to have a house for their art and now they have a house for themselves with some art in it. Their […]

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Sebago Lake Home

The Art of Lakeside Living

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In Raymond, a contemporary riff on Maine camps takes its cues from a treasured waterfront site. Photographed by Brian Vanden Brink On Sebago Lake, undeveloped lots with good swimming potential and sunset views can be as elusive as the loons that glide through the water. You might hear about a prime property, only to have […]

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A.B. Butler House

A.B. Butler House

Historic Highlight

On Walker Street in Portland’s West End, the 1868 A.B. Butler House is a shining example of the Second Empire style that became popular in the city during the Civil War. Its defining mansard roof, tiled in two-tone slate, is juxtaposed with elegant Italianate details, including paired doors, a bracketed cornice, and cupola. Albert Berry […]

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1959 Chevy Viking Bus Gets a Hippie-Chic Makeover

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A rusted-out relic takes a second spin around the block as a vacation home on wheels for a Falmouth family. Photos by Trent Bell Bus at a Glance Who lives here: A family of four has made this part of their vacation home Location: Falmouth Size: 91 square feet Designers: Will Winkelman of Winkelman Architecture […]

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Home with Marvin Windows

Take the Pain Out of Replacing Your Windows

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As the autumn chill arrives, it’s a reminder that there are many reasons to replace your windows and doors, and energy efficiency is often at the top of the list. While the investment can be significant, your family will feel the added warmth and comfort now, plus you’ll reap the financial benefits in years to […]

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E.B. White Barn

Rooms of Their Own

Homes

A flurry of homes with famous former owners recently made Maine real-estate news. They’re bound by a common literary thread.

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Linwood Cottage

Linwood Cottage

Historic Highlight

Seated on a hill overlooking the Penobscot River in Bucksport, Linwood Cottage has a reputation as one of Maine’s most unusual residences. Built in circa 1850 for local jeweler and clockmaker James Emery, the home is a melding of architectural styles, such as Gothic, Greek Revival, and Italianate. Emery’s eclectic taste generated a buzz back […]

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Multi-structure Maine home

It Takes a Village

Partner Post: Houzz

Two homes made of multiple structures prove that sometimes more is just right. While most people want to build a home under one roof, there are times when constructing a series of connected or freestanding pavilions is desirable. Maybe the home serves multiple generations or must accommodate an ever-changing mix of family members. Or maybe […]

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