Welcome to our Coastal Maine Home Tour! A Raeside-Dame home was built for my parents in 1992 by Raeside and Dame, who built reproduction Early American homes along the Seacoast. Characteristics like softwood pine flooring, open beams, antique door latches, cedar shake siding, wood countertops, a fireplace, slanted ceilings, and more.
My parents built this as a retirement home, believing they would enjoy a good ten years here. Well, they enjoyed 27 happy and healthy years here. As an only child, I inherited this home in 2019 after my father’s passing, who was shy of 100 years old. You may read more about our Family’s Coastal Maine Heritage here.
This home is filled with beautiful antiques my parents collected over the years. Please join us as we renovate and make this home our own while treasuring all it offers on this Coastal Maine Home Tour.
Early Spring 2022
Where it began…
Coastal Maine Family Heritage and Home Renovation
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A Walk Around the Yard
This home sits a kayak ride down the river to the local beach. Walking distance to the local lobster pound, beach, country store, and fine dining while enjoying a beautiful secluded backyard. Since we inherited the home, we have refinished the weathered cedar shakes, built a stone fire pit, added an outdoor teak table set and awning, and repainted the home’s trim, a historical Essex Green.
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The home has four bedrooms, which is very suitable for a retirement home.
First Floor Bedrooms
A Master bedroom with bath, guest bedroom, and bath reside on the first floor.
We refinished the upstairs attic a few years back into two guest bedrooms with slanted ceilings, small walk-in doorways, softwood pine floors, and Nantucket Gray trim, all matching the downstairs interior. Now I’m getting ready to have them both wallpapered; stay tuned!
The finished trim in the downstairs bedrooms is this Blue Gray Paint formula pictured below that many of you have requested. And the walls are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
The dining room is a large open space that you walk right into upon entering the home. It attaches nicely to the kitchen for entertaining. My parents divided this space into a dining room and a sitting area. We have changed this to be just one main dining area. I found a large antique pine table on Facebook Marketplace that matches beautifully with my mother’s antique dining room chairs. This room’s antique hutches also present my mother’s extensive pewter and transferware collections.
Living Room with Fireplace
The living room is the heart of the home, with a large brick fireplace, open beams, large windows, and family antiques. I purchased a large slipcovered sectional from Four Seasons and surrounded it with my parent’s collected antiques.
Staying within the theme of the home, this country-style kitchen has newly refinished wooden countertops, vintage lighting, and newly installed appliances.
This was my parent’s favorite room in the house. It looks out onto the backyard and is so warm and inviting in the winter months here in Maine. It’s a perfect room to enjoy morning coffee, read a book, or watch the snowfall.
I’m so honored to share with you here, too, that this home was recently photographed for Country Sampler Magazine, scheduled to be published between now and 2024.
My heart is full.
This home also won the Maine Homes Magazine 2021 Maine Homes Design Award for Readers’ Choice Curb Appeal.
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