Bunganuc Woods House in Maine / Whitten Architects

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

Project: Bunganuc Woods House
Architects: Whitten Architects
Location: Brunswick, Maine, United States
Project Year: 2016
Photo Credits: Jonathan Reece
General Contractor: Merrymeeting Builders
Landscape Architect: Emma Kelly Landscape
Interior Design: Cole Design and Whitten Architects
Structural Engineering: Albert Putnam Associates

Mid-Coast Maine’s Maquoit Bay region encompasses coastal shoreland, upland woods, and contains tranquil Bunganuc Stream. It is a notably diverse habitat that is popular with residents for birdwatching, kayaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and fishing.

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

An adventuresome couple, nearing retirement, approached us with a desire to create a home that would harmonize with the surrounding environs while also providing them a chance to comfortably connect with nature and their varied outdoor interests.

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

Our site-specific design solution locates the Bunganuc Woods House on the northernmost edge of a heavily wooded 3.5-acre parcel, affording an opportunity to clear a sunny solar corridor to the south. This calculated meadow-like opening introduces additional daylight and yields a more varied wildlife habitat. It furthermore provides our clients with an opportunity to pursue their passion for gardening, birdwatching, and sustainable butterfly cultivation.

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

A carefully planned drive approaches the clearing from the south through a dense canopy of overhanging eastern white pines. A gentle turn and the contrasting sun-pocket serve as a pleasing initial introduction to the home. The drive then bends around to the north side of the house where a barn-like garage, a covered entry porch, and a transparent front door render a friendly welcome.

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

The home itself is arranged in a simple “L” shape form that wraps a south-facing terrace and garden. The gabled two-story leg of the “L” includes the main living space with kitchen, dining, and living on the main floor. This open-plan room offers immediate access to the terrace, gardens, and sunny meadow beyond through a wall of glass sliding doors. A generously sized window at the kitchen sink faces east for morning sun and provides a commanding purview of the guest arrival area. Two bedrooms, a top-of-stair bunkroom, and a full bathroom create a private second-story away space for frequent visiting family and friends. The opposing one-story leg of the “L” includes a cozy TV Room and the Master Bedroom Suite. From their bathroom the couple has convenient, 4-season, access to an outdoor hot tub via an elevated boardwalk.

kitchen / Whitten Architects

At the southeast corner of the home a detached screen porch sits just a few short steps from the kitchen. This protected, yet outdoor, oriented shelter creates an idyllic and airy spot for dining outside within the trees and surrounding plantings.

dining room / Whitten Architects

Ultimately, unassuming New England farmhouse-like forms, energy efficient systems, and durable low-maintenance materials all combine to create a life-time home that will allow our clients to age-in-place, “the way life should be”.

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

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Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

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Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

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Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

Bunganuc Woods House / Whitten Architects

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