Rescued from the tide, a former general store in rural Maine is reborn as a modern summer cottage.
When Fiona Hooper first set foot in the dilapidated general-store-turned-cottage, she fell in love with the view. Where Harbor Cottage is set—right against the bay in Martinsville, Maine—the high tide literally laps at the porch, which also caused the basement to flood. Fiona staved off the tide with some initial improvements. But when it came time for a total interior overhaul, she and her husband, Tony, called on architect Sheila Narusawa (a member of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory) to set things right. With the addition of painted ship lap and many more windows, Narusawa brought Harbor Cottage into the 21th century, while paying homage to its history and heritage.
Photography by Justine Hand.
Above: A silkscreen print by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham hangs above a sideboard featuring stones from Fiona's three continents: Maine, Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, and Dungeness in the UK.
Above: A view of the living room; Narusawa added double-hung windows to take in the view of the bay as it wraps around the point.
Above: Red and blue privet berries are dotted throughout the house.
Above: White paint on the walls and ceilings throughout the home creates a sense of seamless interiors. Fiona recovered the sofa in antique French linen from Marston House.
Above: A long table doubles as a desk, with spectacular water views.
Above: In the kitchen, the ship lap is applied to the drawers and cabinets; even the fridge is paneled.
Above: Narusawa used open shelving in the kitchen and soapstone counters from Vermont.
Above: Tucked under the eaves, the expanded upstairs bathroom has a New England rustic vibe.
Above: A farmhouse sink sits atop a rustic wood countertop.
Above: Narusawa gutted and reconfigured the upstairs, creating a master suite from three small bedrooms, with space for laundry and storage. In the master suite, she anchored the bed to an island in the center of the room, allowing the area behind to serve as a dressing area/office.
Above: The view from the bed creates the illusion that one is floating on the sea.
Above: Harbor Cottage, seen from the marsh at low tide with a view of the original general store windows.