Step into this charming coastal Maine home with refreshed living spaces

beach style home entry and breakfast banquette with a large window

Situated near the scenic shores of Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine, this 1980s-era timber frame residence received a remarkable revival courtesy of John Buckley Architecture & Design. The well-worn interior underwent a comprehensive transformation, with thoughtful modifications to both the first and second levels.

The primary goal was to rekindle the essence of a coastal Maine property while infusing the home with delightful, eclectic elements, striking a harmonious balance between its past and present. Acquired by a couple with grown children, the homeowners primarily reside in New Jersey but sought a charming summer getaway and a place to spend a few weeks during the year, eventually envisioning it as their retirement haven.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE John Buckley Architecture & Design INTERIOR DESIGN Mia Carta Design GENERAL CONTRACTOR Bowley Builders STYLING Basha Burwell

beach style home entry

The scope of this extensive renovation project included the integration of new millwork, windows, and flooring, resulting in the appearance of a historically evolved house, steeped in character and charm acquired over decades. Inside, this bright and airy dwelling you will find 3,000 square feet of living space, which includes four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, and a powder bath.

beach style hall with flooring detail

Above: On the mudroom floor is a stunning cement tile from Clé Tile. The grout perfectly matches the color, creating a seamless and cohesive look.

beach style living room

Above: The living room features the original post-and-beam construction, which was stripped and stained.

beach style dining room

Above: The main level has an open layout with a centralized staircase. The flooring was replaced with engineered white oak from Echo Flooring. For the staircase, the railing and balustrade were replaced, while white oak was used on the treads.

beach style dining room

Above: The designer blended antiques with contemporary elements, creating a home that appears to have evolved over time.

beach style dining room

What We Love: This coastal Maine home features a layering of beautiful textures through furnishings, finishes, and materials to give it a wonderful character. We are loving the details of this home — understated, collected, aged yet minimal, and neutral with such subdued pops of color. Aside from the half-moon window in the large second-floor room, you would never guess this was a 1980s build.

Tell Us: What details do you find most inspiring in this remodel project? Let us know in the Comments below, we appreciate your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other sensational home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Maine: Get inspired by this inviting Maine beach cottage with an industrial vibe and Step inside this absolutely fabulous getaway house in coastal Maine.

beach style kitchen with open shelves

Above: In the kitchen, the custom cabinets were fabricated by deVOL Kitchens. They are a natural white oak, with countertops that are a combination of soapstone and Carrara marble.

beach style kitchen with wood beams on the ceiling

Above: Nickel gap boards beautifully cover the walls, while the ceilings consist of 1½-inch thick floorboards from the upper level. This is typical for post-and-beam construction, as there is no drywall concealing the structure.

beach style powder room

Above: The powder bath’s walls are now adorned with fresh nickel gap boards, imbuing the space with a delightful sense of age and character.

beach style bedroom

Above: The owner’s bedroom suite, situated on the main level, emanates a timeless coastal Maine aesthetic with its nickel gap board-adorned walls. The white paint on the posts and beams adds to the room’s tranquil ambiance.

beach style bathroom vanity with a mirror

Above: This customized vanity has the appearance of a vintage piece — a combination of a chest of drawers crafted from white oak and turned table legs. The countertop and backsplash are marble.

beach style bathroom with a freestanding tub

Above: In this bathroom, you’ll find charming nickel gap wainscoting, adorned with a vintage-inspired Bowood Wallpaper by Colefax and Fowler, while the flooring boasts elegant small-scale marble tiles.

beach style family room

Above: This versatile space serves as the TV lounge, playroom, home office, and a convenient overflow bedroom.

beach style family room with a ladder leading to a loft

Above: Windows were integrated into this family space to overlook the dining room below. The custom ladder leads up to a playful loft hideaway.

beach style family room loft with a blue wall and white ceiling

beach style kids bedroom

Above: In this cozy guest bedroom, the walls are covered in an Arts and Crafts wallpaper — Morris & Co. Blackthorn Wallpaper.

beach style kids bedroom wallpaper detail

beach style bunk bedroom

Above: These custom bunk beds are wrapped in nickel gap boards. They have integrated storage along with reading lights and a small niche.

beach style bathroom

Above: This upper-level bathroom features slate flooring in a herringbone pattern. The walls are clad with porcelain tiles.

beach style bathroom vanity

Above: The vanity is a repurposed turquoise chest of drawers, adding a beautiful touch to this space.

beach style guest bedroom

Above: The wallpaper in this bedroom is the Tempest from Quercus & Co.

beach style bedroom

beach style guest bedroom with a reading chair

beach style kitchenette over the garage

Above: A separate apartment over the two-car garage features this kitchenette along with a bedroom and bathroom. There is also a roof deck for guests to enjoy their privacy.


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