Small Cabins

Small Salt Pond Cottage

Old meets new on the site of a former summer home in Maine
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: May 5, 2014
salt pond cottage stilts Maine
Photo by © Tom Crane 2010,

Elliott + Elliott Architecture built this small cottage on the site of a former summer home in Mount Desert, Maine, on a footprint that was grandfathered in. A pier structural system was used for flood protection and to minimize disruption of the salt pond that the cottage sits directly over. The design is similar to that of traditional wharf buildings in the area: simple, unadorned shingled buildings on piers that dot the coastline. Large window walls were added to open up the interior to the view. The cottage shown here is one of three that make up a summer compound linked by a series of decks.

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