Green/Blue Renovation | Caleb Johnson Studio | Portland, Maine

Green/Blue Renovation

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Green/Blue Renovation

A classic tale of conflicts: a young family, a small home in disrepair, a focused budget, and attention to sustainable design.

From the studs up.

The now open, environmentally-friendly home situated in South Portland’s Willard Square was taken down to the studs, reshaped, and built back up to make the very most of a streamlined space and plan.

A shapeshifting space.

By first removing a pair of chimneys from the old home’s layout and relocating a staircase into a two-story addition, the home began to take a new shape. It opened up to new opportunities without compromising on character. Structural integrity, efficiency, and high-end design became the marching orders. To define the downstairs central space, bearing walls were replaced with heavy wooden beams supported by wooden columns and secured with steel brackets. Large windows and doors that open to gathering spaces were added, introducing natural light throughout.

Interior insight.

Keeping with the family’s wish to use sustainable resources, locally sourced materials, and local artisans helped shape the interior tone. Old wooden doors from Old House Parts, slab-door cabinets by cabinetmaker Derek Preble created texture and depth throughout the home. Walls including those of the office, mudroom, and storage areas were completed in beautiful pickled pine. The finished home is a unique rendition of what was before.

Principal architect:

Caleb Johnson

General Contractor:


Project Manager:

Caleb Johnson

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