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Rock Camp: Old-Meets-New Lake Cabins by an Upstart Maine Architect

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Rock Camp: Old-Meets-New Lake Cabins by an Upstart Maine Architect

September 28, 2020

Tucked into tall, wild woods on the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine’s Rangeley Lakes region is an unusual series of cabins—one cabin, really, made up of many small rooms. The first is what one might expect to find there: an old, classic one-room log house set under the pines. But to one side is a streamlined, even Scandinavian-esque extension with two peaks and sided with Eastern white cedar, the work of Maine-based architect Jocelyn Dickson.

As it happens, this place—called Rock Camp—is Jocelyn’s family’s retreat. “This home belongs to my parents and someday in the future will hopefully belong to myself and my four siblings,” Jocelyn says. Her parents bought the property next door about 30 years ago, but with the family expanding (“I have a two-year-old, my brother’s son is nine months, one of my sisters is pregnant”), they jumped at the chance to purchase Rock Camp when the owners decided to sell. At the time, Jocelyn says, “it was a historic one-room log cabin, with a lofted sleeping area over the living room and a basic kitchen and bath off the back. My parents’ goal was to create an addition so that a family, or two families, could have privacy and their own space while also remaining in proximity to the main house next door.” Jocelyn—who, coincidentally, had just moved home to Maine from New York City with her husband and young son—stepped in to design the addition for the family. “I quickly decided that I wanted to keep the new space somewhat separate and individual from the original cabin,” she says, “which allowed the log cabin to retain its historic quality, while the addition could be more contemporary.”

The lines are contemporary, yes, but even the clean-lined extension is a nod to old Maine. The architecture references both the old log cabin “and the local vernacular of fishing camps in the area,” Jocelyn says, which traditionally have pitched roofs and a line of small cabins looking out at the lake. The original log cabin serves as the compound’s mess hall and gathering space, with a dark-wood living area and an old-school kitchen redone by Jocelyn.

The result is just what a Maine cabin should be: pared-back and simple, set into the landscape, with glass looking out at the lake from every bedroom. Join us for a look.

Photography by Greta Rybus exclusively for Remodelista.*

The series of cabins, tucked into the woods.
Above: The series of cabins, tucked into the woods.
Because the extension is clean-lined by design, Jocelyn chose the few materials with care. &#8
Above: Because the extension is clean-lined by design, Jocelyn chose the few materials with care. “The material palette is simple and restrained for both the interior and exterior,” she says. The exterior is a combination of matte black standing-seam metal roofing—which continues as siding in places—and eastern white cedar, grown and milled in Maine, which “allows the cabin to blend into the surrounding forest.”
Inside one of two bedrooms in the extension, each with a high peaked ceiling and a wall of glass looking out at the lake. &#8
Above: Inside one of two bedrooms in the extension, each with a high peaked ceiling and a wall of glass looking out at the lake. “The interior is clad entirely in pine,” Jocelyn says, which “allows one to focus on the beautiful views of the forest and the lake beyond.” There’s also a sleeping loft and a bathroom.
A built-in pine shelf serves as a bedside table.
Above: A built-in pine shelf serves as a bedside table.
A breezeway area between the two rooms frames a view of the pines.
Above: A breezeway area between the two rooms frames a view of the pines.
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Above: “In the old cabin, we removed the sleeping loft, which allows more light to enter and creates a more spacious feeling,” says Jocelyn. And the original kitchen got a revamp to be more functional as the central cook space for the cabins. “The range and sink are both original, and the boards that line the kitchen walls were salvaged from the loft. The simple cabinetry was custom-built by our wonderful contractor and friend, George, and his team. My mom found the vintage cabinet hardware on eBay.”
Much of the furniture in the log cabin came with the place: &#8
Above: Much of the furniture in the log cabin came with the place: “It’s a combination of the original furnishings and pieces that my parents brought over from next door,” Jocelyn says.
Jocelyn and her son on the cabin&#8
Above: Jocelyn and her son on the cabin’s old porch.
Out on the lake.
Above: Out on the lake.

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