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New Elevations: 15 architecture projects pushing design in Maine, Maine Home + Design, Nov/Dec 2022

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The Timberline Residence rises from the ashes of a former (1980s era) house on the site, which was destroyed by fire while the owners were away.  Near the base of Sunday River on a steeply sloping site, the new, 4,850 square foot, multi-level house is integrated into the hillside. The house was designed so that every room has views of the mountains and contrasts with the original house whose east and south façades had few windows. The exterior of the building is clad in one-by-six stained pine boards whose colors blend into the surrounding woodland. The same warmth is expressed on the interior with the use of finish wood for various walls and ceilings. The stair treads are ash (sourced on the property) supported on each edge by 5/4 poplar boards that line the walls of the staircase. The Aerie floor deck is solid laminated fir two-by-fours, doubling as the ceiling below. The concrete chimney continues the wood aesthetic using rough-sawn form boards.­ Concrete foundation walls were constructed using board-lined forms.  The interior has ground-and-polished concrete floors on the main and lower levels, cork floors on the second level and white-painted, fire-rated gypsum board wall and ceilings. The play of light and shadow brings a dynamism to the minimalist interior.  

The dominant design element of the building is a long 2/12 pitched metal roof, reminiscent of a ski slope, that guides the eye toward the mountains beyond.  The theme of ladders and open-riser stairs throughout the house accentuates the vertical nature of the house as well as creates transparency. Although many memories were lost in the fire, the new house’s connection to nature, and abundance of natural light and views, provides a calming sense of peace to its occupants. 

The project was completed in 2021.

Client: Private Client
  • Daylighting and views
  • Locally-sourced materials
  • Interplay of vertical elements and transparency
  • Modern aesthetic