Montgomery were soon on a plane to Marfa, Texas, to view firsthand
the work of the architect and artist synonymous with minimalism.
“David and Vincent did their homework,” says Norelius.
The house they collaborated on consists of two rectangular boxes
set at right angles, one stacked on the other. The south-facing walls
on both levels are fully glazed, yielding a double dividend of solar
gain and an eagle’s view of the ocean. At about 1,200 square feet, the
lower level contains two identical bedrooms with a shared master bath
between them. That private space is tucked behind the wall of a long
but subdued entry hallway. Custom-built beds face the bay and Mount
Desert Island, and each room has a work area of desk, drawers, and
bookshelves at its rear. A small screened porch off Cadigan’s bedroom
is his bonus for claiming the title of maximalist. “Vincent wanted less,
so that’s what he got,” he says with a laugh.
Upstairs are the living, kitchen, and dining areas, along with a
half bath, pantry, and a 600-square-foot deck. Both levels are unified
by bare, polished concrete floors that optimize the radiant heat. The
whole structure is clad in local white cedar shingles, perhaps a tribute to the farmhouse they left behind. “Bruce had considered using
cement-board panels, but that was a little too much for me,” says