Knickerbocker Group brought new life to this waterfront home through an extensive renovation, touching all dated exterior and interior elements. The result: a light-filled, inviting home delivering both style and function.

The homeowner’s primary goal was to create a beautiful year-round cottage that took advantage of its waterfront location. A primary obstacle was the disjointed main living space featuring an awkwardly placed column and fireplace, detracting from the home’s flow and views. To bring a sense of openness, the column and fireplace were removed and replaced with an airy cathedral ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that awash the main living space in natural light.

The kitchen pulled inspiration from the homeowner’s New York City apartment which featured a similar, much-loved color scheme. To add a coastal feel, natural stone cabinet knobs procured from a local Maine artisan were incorporated into the design. A striking African Fusion granite countertop was selected to create a sense of warmth and luxury in the space.

Additional enhancements made to the first floor include a mudroom, complete with ample lockers and cubbies for stashing beach towels and totes as well as a pantry and laundry room. These functional spaces provide the added storage and year-round livability the homeowners craved.  The existing deck was also redone to provide direct access from the kitchen and family room, heightening the indoor/outdoor living experience and accessibility.

Upstairs, reworking window locations in the primary bedroom helped to better embrace the home’s expansive water views. The homeowner fell for a Brazilian Tiger tile during a design meeting, driving the creative direction in the second-floor bathrooms. The primary bath embraces a grey colorway, selected and used extensively throughout the room to create a dramatic charcoal palette. When paired with a deep soaking tub, the space exudes a rich, spa-like environment. For the guest bath, the same tile was used in a blue colorway and mixed with nautical design details to embrace a more playful aesthetic.

Completing this home’s remodel was the addition of a third-floor tower space. Designed with windows on all sides, a wet bar, and furnished as a cozy nook for games and relaxation, the lookout offers the perfect spot to take in the beauty beyond while enjoying a late afternoon cocktail. This space, in many ways, embodies what the homeowners hoped their home would be—a welcoming, open, and inviting space for all seasons.