In a peninsula town with over 30 islands, this property is still one of a kind: it is itself a peninsula, with its own private wooded island. The cottage sits on a knoll, with long views that sweep from the South Ledges in Quahog Bay in the east, to the calm waters of Card Cove in the west. Surprisingly, the original cottage was not designed to capture these views; the small dark rooms more like a rabbit-warren than a coastal Maine retreat.

The casual coastal-style kitchen takes center stage: overlooking the dining area and living room beyond, with a sunny sitting area to one side, and a screen porch to the other. By removing the rabbit-warren’s walls, we dramatically improved the natural light and extended site lines through the home and out the doors and windows. The glass tiles over the range reflect the pale blue waters of the bay; a similar hue chosen for the distressed custom display cabinet.

The open kitchen-dining-living area offers large airy spaces for entertaining, as well as several more intimate sitting areas where family and guests can congregate. A custom built-in bar is tucked in off the sunroom. Across the room, French doors lead to a screened-in dining porch.

The screened-in porch for 3-season grilling and dining was at the top of the homeowners’ wish list. A seemingly simple request, except that the existing cottage was bound by Shoreland Zone and FEMA setbacks which prohibited an expansion of the footprint. Our solution: we relocated the main entry and converted the covered entry porch to a dining space with seating for up to 12.

The stone backsplash, cedar shake walls, and mahogany floors pull the beauty of nature’s materials into this outdoor room. In contrast to the light finish palette in the adjacent kitchen and dining area, the cathedral ceiling in the living room is an antique chestnut, a warm complement to the original cherry beams that anchor the space.

The first floor master suite is steps from the water’s edge. In this peninsula home, there is not one room without a view.