Back around Labor Day a couple of years ago, we first spotted the Soot House on Instagram: a tiny, charred-black house hand-built by a sculptor turned DIY builder, surrounded by scrubby pines and low-bush blueberries on the island of Spruce Head in Maine. Since then we’ve toured the small but hyper-efficient house (see Conjuring the Ghosts of Old New England on Spruce Head in Maine) and returned to it again and again as a pioneering example of Maine resourcefulness and artfulness in one.
Today, in honor of our Maine issue, we’re taking a closer look at the house’s deconstructed kitchen, reminiscent of the old New England root cellar. Join us.
Above L: Herbs at the ready in a wooden bowl. Above R: Stacked firewood for the woodstove. Esteves says that, because of the efficiency of design, the family only goes through half a cord of wood a year: “roughly $150,” he says.
We like these kitchens in Maine that draw from old New England, with pragmatism and artfulness in the mix: