of Portland 12 years ago and lived in it year-round for nine before deciding to take on the modernization of their “Modern” house.
The project began as just a kitchen renovation, but working with interior designer Tracy Ann
Davis of Urban Dwellings in Portland, the DiMillos began to see the potential the house could
have if it embraced its location and let in the light. “The defining concept from the get-go was to
blow out the views,” says Davis. “Chris is in yacht sales, so there was also the idea of a boat with
everything in its place and everything has a home.”
In order to, in Davis’s words, “take it from the late 1960s into the 21st century,” Fine Lines
Construction, a design/build firm based in Freeport, Maine, was commissioned to renovate the
house. Though the form and volume of the structure barely changed, Fine Lines project designer
the renovated ranch (above
left) sits beside the sea but
seems to sail on swards of tall
miscanthus and feather reed
grass. The new deck (above
right) extends the grid of the
house and invites outdoor living.