he house that Steve and Debbie Fuller, marketing
executive and educator, respectively, built in rural
Freeport, Maine, is refreshingly modest. The cedar-shingled farmhouse with detached red board-and-batten barn sits high in a field above a tidal river in
a historic settlement of Federal- and Greek Revival-style houses. Respectful of its context, the dwelling is
just 2,500 square feet, about the average size of a new home in the United
States, a purposeful distinction for the Fullers.
“Two architects turned us down, because they said it was too small,”
says Steve Fuller of his search for a designer to help him realize his vision.
“But why do we need 4,000 square feet? It would just cost more to heat,
take longer to clean, and require more furniture.”
The Fullers’ less-is-more philosophy found a simpatico partner in Rob
Whitten, principal at Whitten Architects in Portland, Maine. “I tell cli-