After searching the Kennebunk area for years, two Midwest executives with grown children finally found a piece of land they loved and jumped at the opportunity to uproot and retire in Maine. They wanted a classic cottage that felt deeply connected to the surroundings, with familiar forms that felt natural in expression.
Embracing setbacks before the start.
Due to setback regulations, wetlands, and subdivision requirements, the parcel they finally settled on was fundamentally difficult to build on. The most substantial challenge began well before the design or build, in finding any single solution that would allow for a 2,500 sq ft home and two car garage. Rising construction costs added to the complexity of a long-awaited coming home. With close communication and collaboration, a solution–striking in its simplicity–was found.