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A coastal dream home inspired by the views in Kennebunk, Maine

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A family embarked on the journey of reimagining their house into a coastal dream home, commissioning Kennebunk River Architects for the task. This 3,484 square foot contemporary shingle-style dwelling is nestled on a coastal bluff with commanding ocean views on Lords Point in Kennebunk, Maine.

The architect’s most significant challenge was contending with Shore Land zoning constraints including the 30 percent expansion rule for area and volume. The resulting design conforms to all of the zoning constraints, is much less non-conforming than the structure it is replacing, and accommodates all of our owner’s programmatic requirements.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Kennebunk River Architects BUILDER Spang Builders INTERIOR DESIGN Hurlbutt Design

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The homeowner’s goal was to create a home where they could entertain that was family-friendly, comfortable, and open to the views.

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The house includes casual open living spaces on the first floor, four bedrooms on the second floor, and a home office.

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There is a rooftop deck that opens and takes advantage of easterly ocean views and westerly cove views. One can enjoy sunrises and sunsets from this fantastic deck space.

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What We Love: This coastal dream home offers bright and airy living spaces with large windows framing ocean views. The interior scheme reflects a nice balance of contemporary pieces and antiques that has a youthful feel and is low-maintenance. Everything is comfortable and relaxing with a serene color palette inspired by the stunning surroundings. Overall, the project team did a fabulous job of creating a family-friendly home with stylish details.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this beach house? Let us know in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Maine: Gorgeous lakeside getaway in Maine designed to feel like a summer camp and Exquisite barn house retreat on Great Cranberry Island, Maine.

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Above: Upon entrance into the home, guests are presented with a view straight out to the ocean. One can see from one end of the house straight across to the other.

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On the main floor, you will find a living and dining room that anchors either end of the home with the kitchen at the heart of the home. There is also a separate pantry area and a laundry/mudroom. The house is not huge yet has a feeling of spaciousness due to the harmonious flow and lack of hallways that take up space.

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Living spaces were inspired by this coastal home’s natural surroundings. The designer employed a simple palette of blue, gray, beige, and white. She also avoided busy patterns that would detract from the views.

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Above: In the kitchen, the blue island provides contrast to the white perimeter cabinets from Sylco Cabinetry. The countertops are honed granite, sourced from Morningstar Stone and Tile.

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Above:  An exquisite backsplash above the range are Carrara marble tiles in a herringbone pattern.

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Above: In the powder room, the walls above the wainscotting are covered in a vinyl grasscloth from Thibault.

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Above: The architect devised a graceful transition between levels, integrating an array of windows in the stairwell, framing views of the cove side of Lords Point.

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Above: On the upper level, a media room plays double duty as an office for the homeowner. A sliding barn door closes this space off when privacy is needed.

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Above: Also found on the upstairs level are four bedrooms, including this serene owner’s bedroom suite with a dramatic cathedral ceiling. This beautiful space is painted in SW 6525 Rarified Air —Sherwin-Williams.

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Above: The artwork on the wall above the bed is by contemporary artist Jill Matthews.

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Above: The owner’s bathroom matches the color of the bedroom, SW 6525 Rarified Air —Sherwin-Williams. The countertops and floors are Carrara marble. The soaking tub was sourced from Signature Hardware.

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Above: An outdoor shower by Sonoma Forge will leave you feeling invigorated after a day at the beach. There is also a lower spout to wash the sand off your feet.

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Above: This home also includes a roof deck for entertaining, showcasing 360-degree views of the water.

PHOTOGRAPHER Francois Gagne

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