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myMarvin Architect's Challenge winner: A contemporary outpost in rural Maine


To meet the owners’ desire to bring a little taste of Texas to their new Maine home, Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Architects designed a modest abode built to withstand the brutal winter cold while also considering the couple’s love for horses.

This 2011 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge winner sits atop a two-stall horse barn featuring a steeply pitched gable roof and double hung windows. Cedar shingles and clapboard were also used to fit the rustic Maine archetype.

Sustainability was a priority. The building plan allowed for extensive use of local woods and energy efficient insulation (R-30 to R-60 values on all surfaces) to stand up against the harsh winter conditions. Thompson utilized windows and doors from Integrity by Marvin Windows and Doors to help ensure a tightly sealed thermal envelope and options consistent with the woodwork.

With its breathtaking view of New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington and sweeping pastures for horses to roam, Thompson was able to meet the owners’ needs by creating a sustainable, yet modest home with just a touch of Texas.