Red birch floors in the living area give way to slate flooring in the
mudroom, which was designed with a handy wash station for the Fullers’ golden retriever, Toko. An active couple, the Fullers run, bike, garden, and ski, so they needed a house that is essentially wash-and-dry.
A short breezeway connects the house to the barn, actually a two-car garage with a fully equipped woodworking shop for Steve on the
second story, where there is a hayloft view of the tidal backwater.
For ease of maintenance, the house is clad in prefinished cedar
shingles that make the house glow white when seen from the road. The
house, breezeway, and garage are unified with standing-seam metal roofing.
When asked to describe the house in a single sen-
tence, Whitten replies, “It’s a vernacular Maine farm-
house adapted to open-concept living with high-tech appointments.”
It is a humble description of a house that seems to so naturally belong
in its setting and that so precisely meets the needs and wants of its
“Bottom line,” says Steve, “Rob delivered on what we asked —
a 2,500-square-foot house that fit into a historic neighborhood, but
with today’s sensibilities around lifestyle and energy consumption.”
the paved terrace has an in-ground firepit (above) for year-round outdoor
enjoyment. Toko, the Fullers’ venerable golden retriever, welcomes visitors to
the back door (facing page, top). The standing-seam roof and ground-level
porch play into the farmhouse appeal of the house (facing page, bottom),
which is connected by a breezeway to the barnlike garage, complete with a
second-floor woodworking shop and a hot tub out back.