Elements | Commercial Architecture | Caleb Johnson Studio


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A humble budget and thoughtful buildout came together to create Elements, an essential cafe and social hub developed in downtown Biddeford at a time when many doubted its viability. 

Back to business.

A local business owner had the vision to combine what was originally two separate storefronts, opening the space to function as a coffee shop, bar, and bookstore. A dividing wall was removed, steel beam support was added, and much of the historic fabric of the 19th century mixed use building was maintained. 

Elemental play.

Interior details revel in historical nods and playful bookstore cues.  A central bar highlights the character and charm of the space, made using pages from vintage books that are overlaid with a glass top. Custom bookshelves created from local pine and rebar line the walls with exposed piping, brick, and intentional imperfections. Uneven drywall edges surround the steel beam and help maintain a comfortable finished but unpolished feel throughout.

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