Here at Mottram Architecture we concentrate on two things: Energy Efficiency and Building on the Water!

Maine is full of water, so over the years we have developed a specialty in building on the water! That applies to: “all land areas within 250 feet, horizontal distance, of the normal high-water line of any great pond or river; within 250 feet, horizontal distance, of the upland edge of a freshwater wetland; and within 75 feet, horizontal distance, of the normal high-water line of a stream.” Per the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance applicable to the State of Maine. 

I know, boring legalese, but you really aren’t allowed to do whatever you want. And even if you had all the money in the world to pay fines to the state and DEP, they may still make you take it down. So it’s better to go into a project knowing what you’re allowed to do. And that’s what we did here!

As you can see, this house is right on the water! In this town, they were allowed to expand up to 30% of the footprint or volume that existed as of January 1st 1989. This property had another challenge though, they had a really long driveway. So the second consideration was to not cover any more footprint on the ground to prevent major phosphorus run off into the lake! Therefore, our only option was to go up! Within the 30% expansion we were able to add 2 bedrooms and an additional bath to this home! We reconfigured the first floor space, the stairs, and the 2nd floor space to get a larger master, custom master bathroom and open concept living on the first floor.  Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks to see more photos and before and after comparisons on this project!

If you’re thinking about building or renovating on the waterfront, don’t hesitate to reach out! We are happy to share our knowledge to keep our waterbodies clean, safe, and available to enjoy!

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