Projects / New Homes      Harpswell, Maine

Long Reach Retreat


  • 2019 Maine Homes Design Awards: Best Professional Bath


  • Maine Home + Design

Project Team


This waterfront home is deeply connected to the tidal landscape of Midcoast Maine. Located in Harpswell, the home was finished in 2016. Its gorgeous setting called for a design that drew visitors closer to the ocean cove, and conveyed a sense of organic modernism that didn’t compete with its peaceful setting in the trees. Our clients had been dreaming of a house that was a bridge to the water, and we knew we couldn’t turn that vision down!


Long Reach Retreat celebrates the tidal swing of fresh and salt water by leading visitors along a bridge to the water. At the end you’ll find a poetry studio and a sleeping porch balanced above the cove below. Cedar siding with various textures allows the house to melt away into the trees.

The design embodies a lush, warm modernism with stacked bar forms that simultaneously align with the water and daringly jut toward it. Authentic materials like copper, tile, and wood integrate throughout the interior, flowing like water from room to room throughout the house. This net zero energy home features solar panels, air-source heat pumps, a full fresh air ventilation system, thermally broken double stud wall construction, and triple-glazed windows. It’s as efficient and high-performing as it is beautiful.

Unique features like a sleeping porch up in the tree tops and a poetry studio that lets the owner watch the tidal flows throughout the day make this house a special combination of what a true team can accomplish.


  • Year Completed

  • Cost

  • Gross Floor Area

    2400 sq ft
  • Beds

  • Baths

  • Partners

    Dorsey Construction
    Albert Putnam, PE
    Apex Engineering
    Horizon Residential Energy Services Maine
    Peter Burke Landscape Architect

Sustainability Achievements


  • Sustainable landscape
  • Native plantings


  • Designed for durability
  • Designed for low maintenance
  • Low global warming potential insulation


  • Optimized for daylighting
  • Fresh air ventilation system for indoor air quality
  • Visual connection to the outdoors
  • Low-VOC finishes
  • Formaldehyde-free building


  • Low-flow fixtures
  • Designed to maintain natural drainage patterns
  • Landscaping requires little water


  • Fossil fuel-free building
  • Uses renewable energy systems
  • Uses passive design strategies
  • R-5 windows
  • R-40 walls
  • R-50 roof
  • R-20 slab
  • Net zero
  • Fresh air ventilation system with heat recovery
  • Super-insulated
  • Triple-glazed windows