Couple renovate former equine fast into stylish lodge by a sea

May 31, 2015 - photo frame

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Located stairs from a sea and adjacent to Fort Williams Park, a prolonged and slight former equine fast was trimming dilapidation.

“It was a prohibited mess,” confirms Beth Herriman, who bought a disaster in Delano Park and incited it around.

Built in 1885 by John Calvin Stevens, Maine’s distinguished architect, to residence horses and a carriage for a grand shingle-style home in this ancestral summer community, a space was a matter for an talented leap. Now it’s a family home for an dull nest integrate on a go.

A redesign in a ’70s incited a fast into a home. But with scores of rotating tenants, including a army as a surfer flophouse, a interior had suffered. Though rickety and abused, something spoke to a civic transplant by a hotchpotch of hapless pattern choices.

“When we saw it we said, ‘That’s a kind of residence we would adore to buy,’” pronounced Herriman, a former conform engineer with an eye for agreeable interiors. “It was a rotted battleship gray. we knew we could make it better.”

Herriman and her husband, Jeff, an general business developer, bought a residence dual years ago. The renovation, that enclosed bringing a residence down to a studs, took half a year. “We put in all new systems, all new walls. Everything.”

By punching in windows everywhere, she’s incited a dim equine home into a church of light.

As splendid object flooded by a tighter-than-a-doublewide space, Herriman padded barefoot on primitive white ash floors, indicating out a upgrades in her stylish home.

“This is where a equine stalls were,” she pronounced display off a new washing room, lavatory and friendly guest buliding off an open and ethereal kitchen. “Everyone sleeps good in this room.”

In her fine kitchen, with marble countertops, glass-blown dump lights and a wooden island, it’s tough to suppose mud floors and carriages stored here. But there are revealing signs. The strange tongue and slit cathedral roof shelters a hearth, that Herriman brightened with white paint. A festive candelabrum brings a comfortable timber to life.

Above, a gangplank conveys one opposite a mezzanine-like open space (a vestige of a hayloft) to a master bedroom. You can roughly smell a hay. Her daughter’s bedroom, assigned when she’s home from college, is crowned with a stable’s strange cupola.

Everything inside, from floors to windows to reconfigured bathrooms, is new and “idiot proof” pronounced Herriman.

“We have built a new structure while maintaining a aged frame, a essence of a house,” she said. Like so many creations of a ended era, a finish rip down would’ve been easier.

Herriman, who once lived in a storehouse in Switzerland, wanted to “honor a spirit.”

To do that she worked closely with a contractor, got impulse from Pinterest and designed a complicated home that feels as good as it looks. From a balmy entrance, creatively a stable door, substantial feng shui, jazz song and a smell of lilacs greets we warmly.

“I wanted it to be a worry-free cottage,” pronounced Herriman, who did what she could to maximize a million-dollar sea views. Situated on a opening to Portland Harbor, she can see sailboats and vast cruisers from her bedroom.

“My daughter said, ‘Mom, we built a fishbowl,’ and we said, ‘Yes, we can appreciate me later.’”


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