This charming but eccentric cottage, with its curving, pagoda-style roofline, was built as a private home in the 1880s, but by the 21st century, it had experienced decades of heavy wear and tear as a popular bed and breakfast at the edge of Acadia National Park. Our clients, who spend their winters in Florida, purchased this house to be their northern summer retreat.
The main rooms hid behind heavy stone walls, dark and blocked off from the water views. So in addition to a near-total structural overhaul on the original house, we cut arched openings through those walls and added a sweep of entertaining space that’s almost suspended over the water, affording the new family room, bar, kitchen and dining area a 180-degree view of the Atlantic.
We reconfigured the upper floors to hold four new bedroom suites for the owners’ children and grandchildren; and because we preserved the original roof’s curved pagoda design and swooped dormers, these guest rooms have storybook ceilings to frame the water and garden views. What a happy ending.