Winkelman Architecture

Peaks Modern

Peaks Island, Maine

Project Team: Will Winkelman

Builder: Doug Wilbur, Peaks Island

Photography: Jeff Roberts

A right-sized modern home lined in floor-to-ceiling windows that let the outside in

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Tucked away behind some quaint cottages, along a traveled way that is not even considered a street, this wooded lot was the perfect spot for an island hideaway.   An existing footpath led back to the site of an earlier cottage, where only the foundation remained. 

Self-professed homebodies, the couple were seeking to build a connected, modern home with just enough space for themselves and a few guests.  The plan was to remove the remains of the existing foundation, and build a new 1,200 SF home just beyond.     

The homeowners were seeking an “austere modern” aesthetic.  On the exterior, the house is wrapped in galvanized corrugated steel siding pre-painted stone gray. Trim and flashings are minimized and painted to match the siding. Warm wood decking leads from the path to the entryway, and extends the livable space into the private back yard.

Inside, the home is warmed by poured concrete floors and five zones of in-floor radiant heating.  The walls are white throughout with trim minimized around doors and windows. 

Skylights and mullion-less windows bring in natural light and frame views of the surrounding trees. The neutral palette gets some shine from stainless steel appliances, lighting and fixtures.