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Quaint seaside cottage gets beautifully refreshed on Boothbay Harbor

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This quaint seaside cottage underwent a complete renovation by Whitten Architects and builder Knickerbocker Group, located on a rocky peninsula in the middle of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Originally constructed in 1915, the new owners were drawn to the historic charm and incredible waterfront views. The scope of this project entailed renovating the existing summer cottage and creating an addition of new master quarters.

The master quarter’s addition is 990-square-feet, while the existing cottage is around 1,500 square feet. The owners wished to maintain and preserve the original charm of the cottage while updating it for use as a four-season getaway. The fully insulated master bedroom wing was connected to the existing cottage with a three-season porch. A freestanding garage was built to buffer the property, complete with a workshop and a small guest suite upstairs.

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Renovations of this quaint seaside cottage included a new foundation, windows, wiring, plumbing, structural steel to strengthen its old bones, and insulation blown in from the exterior. New wood shingle siding and roofing completed the work. The doors and windows are from Marvin.

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What We Love: This quaint seaside cottage offers refreshed living spaces and a new master living suite to provide a family with the ultimate getaway. The project team did a fantastic job of paying attention to the small details throughout this home, including the preservation of this home’s past. We are especially loving the bright and airy new master quarters, we would never want to leave, how about you?

Tell Us: What do you think of the renovation of this home? Would this be your idea of the perfect family getaway? Please let us know in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Whitten Architects: Dreamy seaside getaway on a small island off the coast of Maine and Modernized farmhouse provides camp-like refuge on Maine’s jagged coast.

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Above: The siding is Eastern White Cedar shingles, finished with a non-toxic wood preservative.

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Above: The porch ceiling is painted in SW6505 Atmospheric by Sherwin-Williams.

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Above: The owners wished to make necessary repairs to allow for three-season use while keeping the original charm of the cottage; like this cookstove with a full scuttle of coal beside it.

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An all-season master suite was strategically connected to the original seaside cottage by an enclosed glass porch; blending in as if it had always been there. This added an extra bonus of sweeping views over coastal Maine from the front through the back and a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the day.

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The Master Quarters wing is energy-efficient and contains all the essentials: a kitchenette, laundry, a great room with a stone fireplace, a master suite overlooking a private cove, a dressing room, and a covered porch. 

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Above: In the kitchenette, the nickel gap wall boarding is custom milled from paint grade poplar wood. The paint color on the boards is Topsail SW 6217 – Sherwin-Williams. The ceiling color is Benjamin Moore’s OC-17 White Dove. Faucet: Rohl’s – Perrin & Rowe. Honed black slate sink and countertops by Sheldon Slate, sourced in Maine. Light Fixture: Landmark Lighting. Stove: Viking 24″ pro-style gas range (notice the glass panel above the range to protect the beadboard). Flooring: Antique Heart Pine from B & L Hardwood Floors in Brunswick, Maine.

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Above: A new laundry with built-in cabinetry was created; carrying over the rich wood tones and pale summer greens used throughout the cottage. The 5-panel douglas fir pocket door came from Simpson Door Company, while the hardware is from Emtek (these doors have been used throughout the Master Quarters addition). The wall color is Oyster Bay – Sherwin Williams SW6206. Light fixture: Elk Lighting – Item: 42007/1.

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Above: In the bedroom, the wall color is SW6217 Topsail by Sherwin-Williams. The ceiling color is Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove OC-17”. The walls are done with individual “nickel gap” boards. The boards are milled with a tongue and groove joint that leaves a reveal between each board that is about the width of a nickel.

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Above: The master bath with raised panel and pocket doors makes efficient use of the space. A separate clawfoot tub and subway tile shower enclosure completes the luxuriousness of the marble accented bath. The tub is the Bain Ultra Cella 7240.

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Above: The medicine cabinets are the “Mendenhall” medicine cabinet from “Rejuvenation”. Sink: Cheviot. Faucet: Grohe Atrio wall mounted faucet. Walls are “nickel gap” boarding painted in Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams WS6204. Countertops are Bianco Carrara Marble Counter. Floors are Antique Heart Pine from B & L Hardwood Floors.

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Above: The shower stall is 42″ x 42″. The wall tiles are white Carrara marble, honed. Glass shower doors are available through “Basco Shower Enclosures”. On the shower floor, Skipping Stone Tile – Pebble Collection.

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Photos: Rob Karosis

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