Downeast Cottage | Grand Lake Stream, Maine+ Continue Reading
- Project Completion Date: 2018
- Project Type: Renovation
- Location: Grand Lake Stream
- Photography: Jonathan Reece Photography
- Build: Allen Clark
This once seasonal camp is now a year-round, high-performance cottage on the shores of Big Lake in Grand Lake Stream, ME. The existing one story camp originally had knotty pine interior walls throughout reminiscent of many lakeside camps around Maine. The renovation goals were to maximize the view to the lake, tighten up and insulate the camp for year round comfort, as well as brighten and create an open floor plan. The footprint of the existing camp and the existing exterior walls were preserved but the roof, the interior walls and all the interior wall surfaces were removed. They were replaced with a foundation and a new roof structure which created a cathedral ceiling with white tongue and groove v-match as well as timber scissor trusses to create a very open volume. All the interior walls were covered with white shiplap. The existing kitchen was recently renovated prior to the project so that was the only piece on the interior that was worked around. The new Loewen triple-glazed windows have Douglas fir to the interior which tie in nicely to the Douglas fir trusses above. The goal on the exterior was to make the cottage blend in with the wooded shoreline and the surrounding camps. This was done with brown Maibec cedar shingles called “Hematite.” The new heating and cooling was done with mini split heat pumps and an Energy Recovery Ventilator to make sure the house gets the air exchanges it needs because it is a much tighter cottage now. Having a year of use, the clients have found that the temperature through the coldest months of the year stays around 50 degrees without any heat because of the natural solar gain throughout the sunny winter days.