Northern Point Overlook
A transitional Shingle Style structure that transformed Northern Point to merge maximize energy efficiency and style to create a building that can be enjoyed year round.
Northern Point overlooking both inner harbor views and Louds Island provides the backdrop for this new year round Shingle Style cottage with transitional details throughout. A tired cottage once stood on the location in this extremely tight site, with extensive ledge, water run off issues and site constraints including neighboring easements, and square footage limitations. The fireplace and chimney were salvaged and served as focal point to erect the new cottage design around. Our role at Phelps Architects was to maximize the incredible views, maximize use of the available square footage and volume, create privacy to the neighboring cottage, all through an energy efficient design reflected in a compact yet dramatic design worthy of the location. Shingle Style influences can be found in the feature octagonal stair tower with a custom cascading three story spiral stair that had to be erected internally once the tower exterior was complete with copper bell roof. The stair spirals down unsupported past expansive windows allowing views to the harbor and filtered light into the adjacent living space controlling the suns westerly glare. Energy efficient heat pumps, high velocity air system due to ledge and space constraints, spray insulation, smart electrical and mechanical systems were implemented to provide comfort, technology and efficiency year round. Every inch of the .5 acre site was thought through as to its use to maximize the lot and building to allow for privacy, natural vegetation, hardscape, outdoor grilling area, parking, walking paths, sitting terrace, perennial pond, and complete with a gazebo and kayak launch area. The building also takes advantage of the site terrain through a family room walk out level that required extensive chiseling of ledge, and water proofing to incorporate. Two balconies, wrap porches and granite terraces provide opportunities to sit and marvel at the harbor boating activities and wildlife including a recent moose that swam across the harbor.
- PROJECT ARCHITECT: Phelps Architects
- Location: Round Pond Harbor, ME