There’s a hint or two, on the outside of this updated vacation home, of where the original house ends and the new addition begins. But Briburn Architects of Portland Maine skillfully blended the two into one complete project that we think makes for a perfect second home on the water.
“Contemporary” isn’t the style you’d expect to see in a lake house, but here it works really well – the height of the center part of the house and the strong vertical lines of the siding and trim seems to fit with the tall trees around it.
The contemporary styling also allowed the Architects to add tons of glass, without worrying about the proportions and symmetry of traditional windows. That’s important here in the stairwell, where light spills down into the main living areas. Love that angled bookshelf built into the stairway wall!
The light from the stair, and many other windows, highlights a main floor with a very pleasant mix of materials and details, a the new addition flows into the remodeled part of the original house. We can imagine a lot of uses for the woven baskets tucked under the window seats.
This detail got our attention – we’re picturing the “shelves” made by extending the stairs out beyond the railing, as a place where books (or maybe a cat!) might find a home.
The bedrooms and baths get their fair share of light, too. We like that band of dark color at the top of the bedroom vault that seems to help “quiet” the room a bit. And we love the trough sink, with the redwood plank soap shelf!
Of course it wouldn’t be a lake house without a deck and this one doesn’t disappoint. The cable-rail is no-maintenance, and doesn’t block the views, and the redwood posts, deck, and cap will weather beautifully.