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Ben's Barn

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Kennebunk, Maine


Trent Bell



Style and functionality.

A Maine-based couple wanted a home with plenty of connection and shared spaces to create a lifetime residence for their growing family. The location’s secluded setting and attention to eco-friendly design led the way. This was achieved by using salvaged and repurposed materials, including those that formed the essence of the home’s modern design. The home’s structural system combines a stick-framed shell over timbers fortified with structural steel. This is all left exposed to showcase the design and function.

Open spaces.

The layout of the first floor is open and allows easy movement through the living areas. That flow is maintained with a floating staircase and walkway leading upstairs to the second floor. An accessible first-floor bedroom suite offers the opportunity for family growth or change based on new dynamics and needs. Outside, granite blocks from the original farmhouse foundation are featured in the landscape as steps and seating. A louvered cedar sunshade allows light to pass through to warm the home in the winter, while also providing shade in the summer.

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