“We built this place for our art collection,” says artist Charlie Hewitt. We’re standing in his Yarmouth home, a renovated hardware store with large windows that overlook Main Street and fill the living room with light. The layout of the … Continue reading
Builder Mark Fournier and his wife, Venise, will be the first to tell you that a builder’s house is never done. They’ll also tell you that the house itself doesn’t matter—as long as the family is together. This current house of … Continue reading
It’s the very last week of winter when I visit Gail and Bill Frongillo’s house on Broad Street in Bethel—cold enough for Gail to turn on the heat when we walk in, but close enough to spring that the backyard gardens are … Continue reading
A couple returns to Cape Elizabeth—not far from their childhood homes—to start their own family in a beloved beach neighborhood.
Phil Rose, a retired English teacher and Machiasport poet, built the Prowhouse on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic with little more than his bare hands and a poet’s pension. Today, this spirit lives on in his son’s stewardship of the … Continue reading
A father-son team builds a houseboat made for off-the-grid, on-the-water living.
On Littlejohn Island, a longtime Yarmouth couple discovers the upshot of downsizing.
In a pair of tiny fish houses, two brothers and their families spend summers together on the water. When home is a shack on stilts over the water in a tidal estuary, your days are ruled by the rise and … Continue reading
A couple builds a house in Cape Elizabeth for their growing family. To build your own home is to have an intimate relationship with it, to see it through every stage from foundation to framing to furnishings. You know a house … Continue reading
If houses are measured in square feet, then homes ought to be measured in heart. At 850 square feet, Rhonda and Ben Birkbeck’s Yarmouth house is relatively small, but the size of the home they’ve created there? Encompassing. Abundant. Full. … Continue reading