Landscape architect Bruce John Riddell of Bar Harbor, Maine, designed
the grounds to make maximum use of the granite ledge and native plantings
— wild blueberry, bunchberry, bayberry, creeping thyme, Rosa rugosa, wild
geraniums, and shocks of lupine. The correspondence between wood and
stone through the south-facing banks of windows is such that “the inside and
outside are seamless,” says the wife.
At 2,800 square feet, the house imposed a material discipline on the owners that they enjoy. “We really had to downsize after 30 years in a huge old
antique house,” says the husband. Built on a slab, the structure gets a lot of
solar gain and is easily heated with propane-fired radiant hot water.
The interior is sparsely furnished with white sofas and a black Eames
chair, an antique sailmaker’s table, a grandfather clock, and several paintings by local artist Philip Barter. With the great room, sun porch, and two
guest rooms in one wing and a den and master suite in the other, the house
makes efficient use of its dramatic space while separating public from private functions.
Design and construction “couldn’t have gone more smoothly,” says the
husband, who now spends his time serving on the board of the local hospital, building ship models, and working in a local boat shop. “It’s almost like
Erling knew what we hoped our life would be.”
the screened porch (top) captures the island view for which the
house is named. Architect Erling Falck (above) marries modern design
with natural materials to create warm, livable houses.