Kaplan Thompson Architects was one of the first firms to approach the practicality of sustainable design with the artistry of architecture–we love working with you to figure out how to deliver just the right high quality, low impact, and on-budget building. We’ve helped our clients step into new and renovated single family homes, multi-family buildings, educational facilities, and restaurants across New England and beyond.
Our studio is located on the top floor of a historic brick warehouse, at the top of Portland’s Old Port.
Our mission is to bring beautiful, sustainable, attainable buildings to the world. It’s visible in every project we work on, large or small. We believe in a team process where each client can have their specific needs met, their individual aesthetic embraced and their budgets respected. We call it “The Not So Big Ego.”
As the oldest town on Cape Cod, Sandwich celebrates and perpetuates its historic, namesake architecture. Homes are characterized by simple forms and traditional English styles, adapted over time to the harsh, coastal climate and native resources.
The clients wanted a Passive House, that they knew. They purchased a wooded, 2.8-acre lot with an old stone wall, remnants of a farmstead. Clearly somebody knew what they were doing with this land once.
Gossamer on the Water embodies balance, reconciling strength with airiness on the exterior and exposure with intimacy on the interior. The structure presents as gauzy and light as it ripples across the site, though is anything but fragile.
Unlike contemporary modern spaces that are cold and sterile, this house is modern and sleek yet roughhewn. With fine woodworking alongside the clean lines of the interior structure, raw and cooked come together in harmony.
The interior of the main house has an open kitchen and living space, with a getaway loft that provides a distant glimpse of the water, and a wood stove that reduces the energy load and warms up those coldest winter island days.
The original, gambrel-roofed home in Waldoboro, Maine was built in the 1980s and set back from the water a few hundred feet. The home needed a major update and expansion, and the owners wanted to really make it a place that reflected their family spirit.
This waterfront home is deeply connected to the tidal landscape of Midcoast Maine. Located in Harpswell, the Long Reach Retreat was finished in 2016. Its gorgeous setting called for a design that drew visitors closer to the ocean cove, and conveyed a sense of organic modernism that didn’t compete with its peaceful setting in the trees.