This Downeast Maine bay side retreat is meant for fun and a relaxing good time. Nothing fussy here, from the design of the structure to the interior decor, everything melds beautifully toward one unifying theme: relaxed enjoyment.
Upon approaching this unassuming structure, you get the sense it may not be revealing all it’s secrets at first sight. There are hints, after all. Crisply trimmed white windows stand in contrast to both the deep hunter green of the window mullions and the soft gray pallet on the siding. Not to mention the glimpse you catch of the ocean bay just beyond the house. But this cottage by Yankee Barn Homes isn’t telling you everything – yet.
As you walk around back, the “ah ha” moment hits you instantly – those decks (communal and private), the screened-in porch, the big windows facing the water, and a wide stairway that gives you access to all, water and/or decks, in an instant. Here is the secret the front of the house was keeping.
Once you enter the house, you realize the open floor plan of the primary level allows for everyone to move about the business of having fun smoothly and with little effort. This is where the family room, galley kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining/screened-in porch reside.
I LOVE the design and look of this great room. From the built-in benches under the windows to the bookcases to the understated elegance of the fireplace, this is one perfect summer vacation room. Nothing pretentious here, the timber frame structure is sturdy and strong and seems to say “Relax and enjoy, I’m here for your pleasure”.
The galley kitchen is really not all that small but it’s efficient use of space is immediately noted. And I love the fact you can stand at the sink in the morning or evening and look out at the water. This is a happy room that reflects the look of many coastal homes in its use of white cabinetry and bead board walls. The fact that the warm tone of the post & beam structure compliments both beautifully, is an added bonus!
Once upstairs the floor plan turns to accommodating family and guests sleeping quarters, and there are plenty up here. Four separate sleeping areas so the house can be full of people having fun but also with a space to go for rest and a bit of solitude.
While the other bedrooms, located at the front of the house, have plenty of space to accommodate all the people wanting to visit!