The exterior materials were carefully chosen not only for their aesthetic properties but also for their durability and capacity to withstand the waterfront weather. The red cedar siding is inherently resistant to rot. The sheet copper used in the panels on the water‑facing bays, the caps on the stonefoundations, and the standing‑seam roof will age beautifully developing a handsome patina and is virtually maintenance free. The Loewen windows are top grade and powder‑coated for a trouble‑free finish. The removable screens for the “four season” room are copper mesh. All of these materials represented a higher up‑front cost but provide greater long‑term value and less maintenance over the life of the home.

Thoughtful details are found throughout. The deep overhangs of the roof shade the summer sun, when it is highest. The roof also has snow cleats at critical locations. Contrasting siding materials and stone foundations on the water‑facing side provides both scale and texture. The many windows manage to feel transparent while still providing privacy in critical locations. Exterior light fixtures rake the wall planes, highlighting the texture of the siding.

Construction and Finishes

The construction and materials in every part of the house are of the highest quality and thoughtfully detailed. The floors throughout are white oak, and the walls and ceilings are finished with veneer. The interior doors were custom made for the house. They are 8’ ‑ 0” tall, solid‑core slabs finished with oak to match the custom cabinetry used elsewhere in the house. A horizontal dado detail in each door adds a modernelement. The handsome brushed‑chrome door hardware includes heavy duty, lever handles and commercial‑grade hinges. Most of the windows are fitted with custom shades in a muslin‑like fabric. The starched, pleated fabric diffuses incoming light and provides privacy.

The bathrooms were fitted with limestone counters and under‑mount sinks on custom vanities. The custom showers have glass doors and enclosures and are finished with glass tiles on the walls and ceilings and glass‑tile mosaics on the shower floors. The oversized stone tiles on the floors complement the limestone counters.

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Benchmark Real Estate

72 Pine Street #16
Portland, Maine 04102