Only one thing really mattered to the young family who tapped Urban Dwellings, a New England design firm, to upgrade their late-1960s ranch house: killer views of the water.
“They were living in a house that was very dated, and views were blocked at all possible points,” recalls founder and lead designer Tracy Davis, who spent eight months on the project. The goal was to bring the view inside and make the Cumberland, ME home feel more modern.
The sprawling two-story property, which sits on an inlet, had great “bones” to start with, but the exterior and interior needed an overhaul. “We replaced almost all of the doors and windows,” Davis says, and they expanded several small rooms as well.
With the aim of bringing the outdoors in as much as possible, the living room now features two doors that slide open, allowing people to survey the view from the wraparound deck.
Beneath the deck, the team added a covered area for rainproof entry into the home. Just beyond is a guest bedroom with an en suite bath and media room. And around the corner, one floor under the kitchen, another covered area beckons people to eat by the pool looking onto the water.
The home’s exterior, with its clean horizontal lines, is decidedly of the moment, and there’s no denying the appeal of the wide-open kitchen. Fully remodeled, from the baseboards to stainless steel appliances, it features a sizable island with sleek walnut accents – reminiscent of what you’d see on a boat, Davis notes – applied in a slatted pattern to reveal shadow lines. Deep white cabinets keep clutter at bay, while the walnut shelves allow the couple to display their collection of cake stands and stemware.
Facing the kitchen is a large dining area, where a group of pendants in different sizes and …read more