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.