Home Builders and Remodelers Association of N.H. Award (2007) - Bronze
This house was built on land on the coast of Maine that had been in the family since 1922. The original cottage, fondly referred to as “Sunset” by family members, was replaced by a new and more practical timber frame home named “Sunset II.” With its grey clapboards, white trim and traditional fascia returns, it is a new improved version of the old house.
There is a small lower level entry, but the custom front door is higher and protected by a porch on the side of the house. It leads into a foyer, with stairs up and space for a future elevator, should it be needed. The entire house is open, with few partitions, so one can see into the open timber framed cathedral great room in the center of the house. It features a native stone fireplace on one wall and expansive windows to the east, facing the water. The great room, like the rest of the house, is focused on the sea, with sliding patio doors giving easy access to the outside. The limited palette of Douglas fir framing, cabinets and trim, with white walls, naturally finished roof sheathing and stone accents helps to unify the entire house.
The dining room is on the northeast corner and the master bedroom suite on the southeast. The dining room shares the same ocean view, but has a ceiling for a more intimate feel. It is directly across from the kitchen, which has cherry cabinets and a custom soapstone counters and an island for casual dining. Some of the cabinets were saved from the first Sunset, and the others custom made to match. The open plan means traffic flow is easy, and there are long interior views, adding a sense of spaciousness.
On the southeast side of the house is the master bedroom suite. It has French doors, which open the room to a patio and the outside, and a generous master bath. A mahogany stair leads up to a central loft, bathroom, and two bedrooms tucked under the eaves, with dormers adding both light and space.
This house keeps the spirit of the original Sunset I, but is lighter, airier, and better insulated. Its open plan and oversized hallways will permit the owners to enjoy many more sunsets to come.