A central great room opens to a covered porch. Trellises allow for open views to the lake and plentiful sunshine. The owners wanted the interiors to feel warm and rustic: natural wood floors, exposed beams, a roundwood mantle and a large stone fireplace with raised hearth contribute to that feel.

Grass Roads Farmhouse sits atop a knoll overlooking grassy fields that roll down to the bright blue waters of Rangeley Lake. It’s redefined “rustic”: the aesthetic of an old Maine farmhouse designed with modern comforts for our recently retired clients and their family.

The stone mass, with fireplace on one side and woodstove on the other, provides a striking means of separation for the great room and the dining room. The farmhouse style kitchen has a mix of natural and painted cabinetry, with an oversized island for both form and function.

Upstairs, three guest bedrooms provide sleeping quarters for the owner’s adult children: the girls’ side and the boys’ side are connected by a bridge designed to offer sneak peak views to the lake and the entry, a special spot for displaying family photos, and plenty of built-ins for storage.

Two master suites anchor the first floor, each with uninterrupted views to the lake. The waterside porch offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors: a screened porch off to the side of each suite encourages private relaxation; the combination of covered and trellised roof forms guarantees a seat in the sun or shade; the large central porch is a perfect spot for family gatherings and al fresco dining.

For this family (including the Golden!), the farmhouse is a dream come true—lakeside living at its best!