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Danforth Cove House
New Home In Coveside Neighborhood
South Portland, Maine
We were asked by our client to determine the feasibility of fitting a generous three bedroom house and a two car garage within a small buildable area and 26’ height limitation, of a small lot in South Portland. The design solution was to create a story-and-a-half home over a sunken garage. The existing storm sewer infrastructure was just low enough to allow for a gravity drain from the new drive which also features a radiant snow melting system. The house is highly energy-efficient featuring a thick double-stud wall assembly, triple pane tilt-turn windows, and an energy recovery ventilator that works in tandem with the tightly sealed exterior Envelope. The site and the neighborhood have a very strong vernacular aesthetic and the owner wanted to accentuate their positive features. Expressed in a language of cedar shingles, natural stone, and exposed rafter tails, the home design is organized around views to the east while capturing generous amounts of southern light.