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The biggest challenge Nicola Manganello faced when designing a new home in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, for Cindy and Tony Paine was bringing a sense of intimacy to an 8,000-square-foot structure. The home was so large not because the Paines — she is a paralegal and he is the CEO of a software company — wanted a mansion, but because their family had special needs.
The Paines’ son, Ben, now 16, was born with cerebral palsy.
“When we decided on working with Nicola,” says Cindy, “we were
looking for a home to be able to allow Ben to live there forever, should
he choose to.”
So in addition to the usual program for a large, comfortable house,
the Paines required roll-in access to single-level living, an indoor pool,
a bedroom for Ben with a bathroom and shower that complied with
the Americans with Disabilities Act, a therapy room, a bedroom for
a live-in nurse, and doors and hallways wide enough to accommodate
Manganello’s design, construction, and home furnishing busi-