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Gorgeous lakeside getaway in Maine designed to feel like a summer camp

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Olson Lewis + Architects designed this breathtaking lakeside getaway as a summer home for a young family, located in Portland, Maine. The peninsula-shaped terrain offered stunning views and easy access to a large lake, perfect for a cottage. The existing cottage on the site was charming but very rustic and the homeowners preferred clean lines and contemporary architecture.

To fit with the rural landscape, the exterior of the home was built more traditional, something like a camp. The 2,200 square foot home offers modern functionality mixed with very natural ingredients. The new structure has the same footprint as the original camp but sits about ten feet farther back from the water. Windows throughout this project are the Andersen A series Standard color “Sandtone” frame and trim with “Red Rock” sash.

Project Team: Architect: Olson Lewis + Architects | Interior Designer: Kristina Crestin Design | Builder: Ron Dunn, Dunn Builders

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The interior layout of this lakeside getaway was designed around the homeowner’s desire for large living spaces that are open and connected to the outdoors. A west-facing wall folds away completely, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out and alluding to the feel of a porch. The great room offers a large stone fireplace as a focal point and the ceiling is clad in barn board.

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Interior design studio Kristina Crestin Design was responsible for the interior decoration of the home, keeping things clean, simple and organic with a heavy emphasis on texture. The mint julep–hued Viking stove was the starting point for the great room’s green accents, tied together by kitchen cabinetry, twin swivel armchairs, and an ombré striped rug. Bursts of color were added throughout the home to keep it light and airy.

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The point of the camp is to relax and hang out, so even though the majority of the furnishings are new yet durable, nothing is too precious or irreplaceable. Functionality was also important to the interior spaces, keeping countertops the perfect height for accessibility and flooring materials that are easy to clean. Furnishings kept simple as to not take up too much space to obstruct traffic flow.

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What We Love: This lovely lakeside getaway offers its inhabitants a comfortable and cozy retreat for family summertime fun. Beautiful interior living spaces boast clean lines and the openness of contemporary architecture while blending in with the rural landscape. We love how the architects have created a camp-like feel to this home. Comfortable and inviting, yet able to host plenty of overnight guests!

Tell Us: What do you think of this retreat? Would this be your idea of the ultimate summer getaway to spend with family and friends? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fantastic home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project: Charming seaside cottage in Massachusetts offers an inviting atmosphere and Seaside dream cottage with a contemporary twist in Massachusetts.

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In the kitchen, the ceiling is an antique barn board ranging from 3/4” to 1”, over drywall and spray foam insulation. Suspended above the island, the light fixtures are the Goodman Hanging Lamps in Antique Nickel. The cabinets are painted in La Fonda Olive, Valspar by Lowes, while the countertops are custom designed concrete from Stonecraft. Walls are painted in Nimbus 1465 | Benjamin Moore.

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The floors are an engineered Maple with radiant heat, sourced from Eco Modern in the Boston Design Center.

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Photos: Jamie Salomon Photographer

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Don Bailey
7 months ago

Love this cottage! Any chance there is a floor plan available online?

Celia
7 months ago

So great to see colour and a mixture of comfortable furniture. Love this cottage.