A Contemporary Addition

Transitional-style home featuring Marvin Elevate Awning and casement windows and Inswing French Door.
An unexpectedly contemporary addition connects two existing houses to create the ultimate in multi-style living. 

Two existing traditional white-clapboard houses are melded with a distinctly fresh, contemporary addition of about 1,500 square feet in this unique project in Owls Head, Maine. As a counterpoint to the traditional white clapboard siding on the original houses, wide boards of unfinished Eastern white cedar flowing vertically were chosen to give the new addition its own contemporary feel. Marrying old and new, this addition also helps bridge the gap between the homeowners’ competing visions. 

A particular creative challenge was posed by the disparate wishes of the owners: He wanted “all walls” to display their extensive art collection and she wanted “all glass” for natural light and views of the water. Marvin Elevate Collection windows and doors were specified in Pebble Grey to meld with the soon-to-be weathered cedar, and the balance of natural light and wall space proved to be the perfect combination for the homeowners. 

The clean design and sharp detailing of the Elevate Casement, Awning and Double Hung windows, along with an Inswing French Door and Sliding Patio Door, enable views of the surrounding landscape while staying true to the contemporary stylings of the addition. Easy access to the patio helps connect living spaces and bring the outdoors in, and corner window assemblies provide panoramic waterfront views that are as artistic as the paintings on the walls.