Maine Preservation 2019 Honor Award to Dan Phelps of Phelps Architects, Inc. for Merry Barn, Edgecomb.

2019 Maine Preservation Honor Award for Merry Barn, Edgecomb

The Merry Barn and project team has been awarded a Maine Preservation 2019 Honor Award. We have been very pleased to be a part of this project. The barn has been a local treasure for more than a century; and with this latest renovation, it will continue to be a haven for community members of all ages.

#merrybarn #mainepreservation

Image of Merry Barn, for which Phelps Architects received the 2019 Honor Award from Maine Preservation.
Dan and Michelle Phelps receiving the Merry Barn's Community Partnership award.
Members of the Merry Barn design and renovation team, Architects Michelle and Dan Phelps; Lead Contractor Neal Groton; Stephanie McSherry; Creative Director Kimberly Skillin Traina; Structural Engineer Michael Cunningham accept the 2019 Honor Award from Maine Preservation.

2018 Fine Home Building Award Readers' Choice Finalist

Link to Fine Home Building, which awarded Phelps Architects the Readers' Choice Finalist 2018.Originally the site of the Edgemere Hotel, this property went through several building fires. The necessity to rebuild allowed for the most recent renovation upgrades to better provide for entertaining and family gatherings. The building conditions were also upgraded and winterized to allow for year-round living conditions. The new design also needed to accommodate two families in separate wings of the same house.

The South Wing renovation features a new chef’s kitchen. Simple, elegant white cabinets were crafted by a local Maine cabinetmaker and a stunning gray-granite countertop grounds the space. Traditional wide pine flooring was installed throughout the house, stained to give the impression of aged wood. A small residential elevator was included in the construction, a feature that is becoming more common to allow for long-term easy access to the upper floor.

On the second level, the master-bedroom suite features a vaulted Douglas-fir ceiling that gives the impression of the hull of a boat. The suite’s private balcony allows for views of the property and the bustling community harbor. The custom master bathroom has a heated floor, his and hers vanities, and a walk-in shower. A finishing touch on the second floor is a large sliding barn door that closes off the public space and allows for more privacy while providing a quiet office space. The renovation plan also made use of the attic space as a fun hideaway and play area for the kids, complete with a handmade ship’s ladder that accentuates the nautical feel of the entire home.

Image of Table of Contents for Fine Home Building showing the Phelps Architects Readers' Choice Finalist 2018 award winning home.Work on the North Wing was limited to winterization and exterior repair—however, there is a future renovation in mind that was included in the thought process during the upgrade. The exterior facade is finished with traditional bleached white-cedar shingles, with white trim and fir accents. An inviting stone courtyard with plantings installed by the owners was thoughtfully created to marry the two wings. A final personal touch is the custom fir screen door with the silhouette of the old Edgemere Hotel.

Location: Pemaquid
Architect: Phelps Architects
Builder: Bruce Laukka, Inc.
Construction start: 2017
Construction complete: 2018

Read Complete Article