Shingle Style on New Harbor Bedrock
The owners desire was to create a low profile roofline to allow views from an earlier Phase 1- guest house to look past the main cottage with a walk out basement to enjoy the ledge and sweeping 180 degree views at this breathtaking ocean edge site. In order to meet this criteria, we designed a two story cottage with dual low profile gables supported by Shingle Style posts on flared bases stepping gracefully down the site to a lower stone terrace allowing the building to feel “grounded”. The lower level guest bedrooms, screen room and family room look through open arched cedar lattice to an outdoor stone fire pit and extensive stone terracing. One of our goals was to create an inviting walk-out lower level and façade that created a layering effect of terrace, cedar lattice, and glass doors and screens, that would soften the transition from the harsh ragged ledge to the interior spaces allowing view and light to enter. Arches and porches wrap the corners of the building to allow light and space to help blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space. These open corners allow your eye to look through the building and frame views to the natural surroundings. A recessed area between the dueling gables is designed at both the first and second floor to help block severe winds, yet allow for the owners to sit outdoors and enjoy the sun and views. In addition to solving site related concerns and height restrictions, our goal was to bring Shingle Style charm and let it resonate through the integration of portholes, cottage hung windows and shingle flares throughout.
While the exterior materials are contextually driven, the interior spaces and overall building form are designed with an open concept and cathedral ceilings in mind to optimize the sense of space and openness. The spaces additionally orientate around a great room two-story stone fireplace and open U-shape central stair leading to the lower family and guest level, creating an inviting transition. Being a second home, the owners will enjoy the use of low maintenance materials without compromising style through the implementation of stone at the lower level, along with metal roofing and cedar siding to allow this cottage to serve as a relaxing get away for many years.
- Designer: Phelps Architects
- Location: New Harbor, ME