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Net-Zero Forest House
Southern Corner and Studio
Northern Corner from Frederick Avenue
The large south-facing windows play a large role in heating the house during the winter. Smaller windows on the opposite side of the house prevent heat from escaping during the cold months.
Southwestern Wall from the Forest
View of the Dining Area, Loft and Living Room
The big corner windows allow for natural light to take precedent over electric lights during the day. Our model, Rufus, regards the art wall over the dining table.
Studio and Apartment
This complementary bungalow was built as a cozy apartment with an art studio on the first floor. It is accessible via a second-floor entry off the main house deck.
View from the First Floor Studio
Eagle House was our first project in Cape Elizabeth. The house was designed by Ed Detmer, the architect/owner of Jill's Clam Shack. The contemporary forms partnered with traditional exterior materials compliment the oceanfront setting and do not overwhelm the landscape. The house is comfortable year round and easy to heat because of the in-slab radiant heat system, solar hot water collectors, and flash and pack insulation (closed-cell spray foam and dense pack cellulose) in the walls and roof. Interior air quality is maintained with an ERV (energy recovery ventilator).
The interior finishes are simple. The polished concrete floor on the first level is durable and optimal for the operation of radiant heating. The remaining floors are pre-finished maple. The interior doors, tile fireplace surround, built-ins, exposed collar ties in the living room and tile in the bathrooms complete the house and give it character.
South facing wall
Solar panels bolster the heating system and domestic hot water.
Front entry with stairwell tower. Contemporary form married with classic shingle-style, Maine cottage.
Front door with mahogany screen/storm. The accent wall is 1x4 meranti over rain screen.
View from the dining room. Tile fireplace surround.
Views of Casco Bay. Wooden collar ties mute the effect of the cathedral ceiling.
Tile floors and shower surround.
Bedroom located on the north side benefits from soft light.
First floor hall
Fir doors offer color and visual warmth.
We built a second floor addition on this previously small, single story cottage. The existing structure was in a great location and had fantastic views but it was a summer-only cottage. The owners wanted to maximize the views, make the house year-round, and enlarge it to accommodate their family. We built the 2nd floor addition and renovated the rest of the house in the style of a classic summer cottage, complete with built-ins and second-floor decks. The detailing of the custom-built entry cabinets and office built-ins honor the Arts and Crafts tradition. The kitchen cabinets, bathroom wainscoting and trim details throughout the house continue in this traditional vein. The colors that were chosen give it a contemporary feel, making it a superbly comfortable and welcoming house.
Jill's Clam Shack
The existing house had great views of the Atlantic Ocean, but was built in the early 1980’s. It lacked charm and had not withstood 25 years of island weather very well. Stormy weather on the Maine coast is often brutal and the unprotected backshore of Peaks Island can get hit especially hard. Storm winds will often drive rain upwards, pushing it into a house from underneath the siding. Accordingly, complete and correct waterproofing is especially important on the backshore.
The owner and designer of this project, Ed Detmer, an accomplished architect from the west coast with roots in Maine, hired us to complete an extensive home renovation. His plans called for an exterior renovation with a two-story addition and first and second floor decks on the south side of the house facing the ocean. The use of different siding and paint colors integrates the new addition with the original structure and brings visual interest to the house without relying on over the top architectural details. The precisely detailed decks and railings are made from meranti, a hardwood that is extremely rot resistant. The overall result is a colorful, contemporary house with carefully considered outdoor living spaces.
Peaks Island is a beautiful place to live. The rocky backshore with its sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, the wooded trails, the natural beauty of Peaks is part of what draws so many people here. However, much of the housing stock on Peaks Island does not contribute to the inherent beauty of the island. Often, houses are poorly maintained cottages that were originally only tent platforms, built 100 years ago with lumber scavenged from nearby shipwrecks, and built before the adoption of zoning regulations and building codes. This was one of those cottages, lots of potential, lots of neglect. Much of our work at this cottage was underneath it. We replaced and added footings, jacked up the house to level the interior floors, and replaced the skirting. We replaced and painted the siding, reconfigured the front porch, installed a large window and a built-in dresser in the second floor bedroom and updated the bathroom. This work transformed the cottage into a charming and comfortable island home.
The owner, an interior designer, hired us to build an historically accurate addition for her Greek Revival style home. We tore down the existing garage, framed the structure, installed windows and trim, and shingled the exterior. To integrate the new addition to the existing house, we meticulously recreated the trim details of the original structure. The wide frame and panel style corner boards and elaborate “capitals” at the intersection of the roof to the walls, along with the wide frieze boards and fascia trim, are in keeping with the Greek Revival style of the main house. This level of trim detailing is labor intensive and needs to be done carefully to ensure the longevity of the completed project. By installing pre-dipped Grade “A” cedar shingles for the siding, back-priming all the trim, and using the highest quality paint, we further ensured the longevity of the exterior. Over ten years later, the addition continues to look clean and well built.
Our customers hired us to update this ocean-front, 100 year old cottage. Inside, the house was dark and oppressive, but outside were incredible views of the Portland skyline. Fortunately, the owners had vision and the problem was quickly solved. After extensive work in the basement, shoring up footings and posts, installing drainage, waterproofing, and insulation, we moved upstairs and painted. And painted and painted; three coats of white on the walls and three coats of super heavy-duty, glossy, pale blue paint on the floors. The kitchen was reconfigured and fitted with new cabinets to maximize space and the view of the bay. The house has since been featured in two magazines: it was the cover article for the July/August 2006 issue of Cottage Living and was also featured in an island living article in the September 2008 issue of Maine Home and Design.
We are very fortunate to have repeat customers. We have done multiple projects for the owner of this house. Her love of color has influenced each of these projects.
Our most recent project is the kitchen. The cabinets are custom made with red painted uppers and cherry lower cabinets. Each reclaimed ceramic floor tile was laid according to its varying thickness, thicker tiles in the middle of the floor, thinner at the edges to account for dips in the floor framing. We hand-scribed the cabinets to the brick walls, a painstaking process, but necessary to account for the uneven surface of the bricks.
Other projects include 2 bathroom remodels, the installation of a very large exterior door and foundation waterproofing.