Return a bed and breakfast to its original use as a single-family home
Enhance water views
Gut and rebuild damaged portions of the structure
This 1880s summer cottage near Bar Harbor,
Maine, had been used as a bed and breakfast for decades until new owners
asked architect Anthony Barnes to help transform it back into a
single-family home. The home’s footprint could not be enlarged due to
shoreline protection restrictions, but that footprint included additions
made over the years that were now unsound, not easily accessible from
the main house, and blocked sea views. Crews created larger arched
openings to the kitchen and dining room by cutting through the
2-foot-thick stone walls. Second story additions provide a master suite.
The jury praised the architects’ strategy, which dramatically
transformed the floor plan while remaining faithful to the intent of the
home’s original design. “One of its strongest attributes is that it
makes the most of its setting,” one judge said.