Irvin Serrano Photography – a Portland-based commercial photographer specializing in advertising, architectural, hospitality, and editorial.
Irvin was given his first camera at age five. After purchasing his first professional camera at age twelve he began taking pictures of customers who were eating at his father’s restaurant. He would take the film, have it processed, printed and returned to the customers before they finished their meals. By the time he turned 14 he had earned enough to build his own darkroom where he experimented with every technique he learned from any photography magazine he could get his hands on. You could say he was hooked early and he continues to explore the medium with the same drive and passion today.
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.