Designed for one of the partners at Boston-based firm Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, this summer retreat sits on a quiet cove in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. The project consists of three separate structures, which shape a small courtyard in the center. The tool shed defines the south side of the court and screens the parking area. A small sleeping cabin with two bedrooms and a bathroom defines the west side, and the main cabin completes the north side.
To connect the buildings to its local New England vernacular, project architect John Tittmann—with builder Stone Contracting & Building—used locally sourced eastern white cedar shingles for the siding and rust-red door, window, and trim accents.
In the main cabin, Tittmann elected to leave the structural rafters exposed. This gives the home not only a true summer camp feel but also created opportunity for two unique design touches.
The first is a 12-foot-wide glass garage-style door that extends the interior living space to the screened-in porch and offers 270-degree views of the tidal cove.
The second is a suspended couch made from Baltic plywood that swings from sailing rigging anchored to the living room’s lofted ceiling.