The term “summer home” in the context of the coast of Maine fills the mind with pleasant thoughts. Idyllic, extended vacations by the water, where cool breezes off the ocean banish thoughts of oppressive city heat. Windows left wide open day and night. A certain parallel to the stories of Robert McCloskey.
Many of the summer homes on the Downeast Coast are worthy of these pleasant thoughts. Many, however, were built in the 1970s or earlier. Their designers chose the smallest possible windows. The kitchens are cramped. Guests would need to gather on a porch or deck, because the living room could only hold three or four people.
This summer home, originally built as a kit, was transformed through additions and renovations into a home base more fitting to contemporary living. Over several years, we added a master bath and bedroom; popped up the roof to provide space for a home office, and built an enclosed porch on the water side.