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March 2013 eNews

DM/A Newsletter

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March 2013 (No. 8)

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Welcome to our newsletter. Occasionally we will update you with news about David Matero Architecture. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.
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Ribbon Cutting and Chamber After Hours

As part of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber After Hours event, a formal ribbon cutting was held for the newly opened Artforms headquarters. DM/A designed the renovation to the old Grand City Dept store, now called Town Hall Place, and home to Cool As A Moose and Artforms.  A great turnout, despite the wintery weather, guests were treated to food, music, and tours of the 40,000 sf renovation project. artforms-ribbon-cutting
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Maine Home and Remodeling Show

DM/A recently co-hosted a booth at the 23rd Annual Maine Home Remodeling and Garden Show at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.  Promoting our Lean Too homes in Brunswick and Freeport, as well as our individual design and construction firms, we met many people looking at energy efficient projects of their own. We also had impromptu client meetings as the photo shows. maine-home-show
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Views from the job site

DM/A is working closely with Eric Smith from Oceanside Builders, Inc, on a ranch revival project in Brunswick.  Taking advantage of beautiful western views of Harpswell Cove, note the new window wall from the kitchen and dining room.  If you haven’t guessed, our new work is in green. Ranch Revival
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Do you Facebook?

Is our monthly newsletter just not enough?  Then “like” us on Facebook and be one of the 180+ friends of David Matero Architecture.  DM/A tries to update our friends on various social media sites.  We find that this is good venue to show photos of new projects under design and during construction, and is a good way to stay in touch.   Don’t miss what these 180 people already know, we don’t just design buildings, we build relationships. Facebook
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Building Energy 13

One way to stay up-to date on new technologies of energy efficiency is to scour the internet at websites such as Green Building Advisor and Building Science Corporation.  However, to go into real depth, DM/A will be spending two days at the upcoming Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Building Energy 13 conference next week.  David is looking forward to furthering the discussion on modern building technologies and energy efficiency. ABX Boston
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On the drawing board

Calling it the Re-Modular, DM/A is working with Alexander and Allen on turning a rather ugly modular constructed home into a modern farmhouse.  Gutting the interior, thickening the exterior wall and adding triple-glazed windows will go a long way into creating a vastly improved thermal envelope. re-modular
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Sincerely,
Cathy Matero
cathy@davidmatero.com
David Matero Architecture
100 Front Street Suite 40
Bath, ME 04530
207.671.6819
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February 2013 eNews

DM/A Newsletter

February 2013 (No. 7)

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Welcome to our newsletter.  Occasionally we will update you with news about David Matero Architecture.  We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.
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Lean Too – Freeport

We are excited to announce that another Lean Too house will be built, this time in Freeport. The owners are very excited, as it took them almost a year to sell their house in Brunswick.   The first house in the Kelsey Brook subdevelopment will be constructed to LEED (targeting gold) standards.   It will be very similar to Lean Too Brunswick, but with a screen porch. Construction to start soon by Senecal Construction Services. Lean Too House
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Southern Maine Midcoast Chamber After Hours

The next SMMC after hours networking event will be held at the newly opened Town Hall Place.   Although the retail store Cool As A Moose has been opened for some time, the main office of Artforms and the production facility in the basement started operation this fall. DM/A will co-host the event, along with Artforms and other partners, on February 27 from 5 to 7pm.   Please contact us if you would like to attend and we will make the arrangements.  Tours of the facility will be given, and food and refreshments will be served. Town Hall Place, Brunswick, Maine
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Best of Houzz 2012

DM/A recently received a “Best of Houzz 2012” award in both the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories.   Our portfolio included some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2012, and we ranked highly in customer satisfaction among Houzz’s 11 million monthly users. You can follow David Matero Architecture on Houzz Lean Too House, Brunswick, Maine
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View from the job site

On top of Paris Hill is a very nice rehab and addition project.   The original four-square remains very much intact, however, an unfortunate addition was removed and a new kitchen, mudroom, and second floor master bedroom suite is being constructed.   A complete insulation and air-sealing package will greatly reduce the operating costs for another generation.  Construction by CAF III Builders Inc., Gus Fillebrown. House on the Hill
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Healthy Main Streets

David attended the Healthy Main Streets kick off meeting in Augusta.   As a board member of Main Street Bath, David will chair this exciting new Workplace Wellness program.   A collaboration between Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center and MCD Public Health, this federally funded program will specifically focus on small downtown businesses to promote healthier lifestyles and help to control health care costs. Personally, David sees this as a downtown framework to maintain a sustainable, livable, and walkable city that promotes community and economic development. MDF
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Maine Home Remodeling and Garden Show

DM/A will be co-hosting a booth at the 23rd Annual Maine Home Remodeling and Garden Show at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME.    Come visit us Saturday or Sunday, February 16 and 17 starting at 10am.   We will be sharing a booth with Senecal Construction Services to promote our Lean Too homes in Brunswick and Freeport, as well as our individual design and construction firms. home-show
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Publications / Awards

 

2017

Maine Home + Design

April

Look Book

 Photo by Rachel Sieben

Houzz.com

January

“Best of Houzz” award in the Design category

 Photo by Rachel Sieben

2016

Houzz.com

January

“Best of Houzz” award in the Design category

Mainestay

Maine Home + Design

January

On a Poland Pond

Couple's Cottage

Maine Home + Design

November

On the Drawing Board

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2015

Houzz.com

January

“Best of Houzz” award in both the Design and Service categories

 Harpswell Get Away

Tiny House Nation

August, Cable TV

350 SF Outdoor Adventure House

 Island Tree House

Maine Home + Design

September

On the Drawing Board

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Maine Home + Design

December

The Architecture Issue

 Family Cottage

 2014

Maine Home + Design

December

Design Theory

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Maine Home + Design

July

On the Drawing Board

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 2013

DownEast Magazine

August

The High Life

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Maine Home + Design

May

Bright-Minded Home

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Houzz.com

January

“Best of Houzz” award in both the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories

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2012

Maine Home + Design

December, The Architecture Issue

Best Laid Plans: Featured

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Maine Home + Design

November

On the Drawing Board: Open and Light Filled

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Brunswick Downtown Association Award for Excellence

May

Presented to Cool As A Moose for making an outstanding contribution to the historic preservation of Brunswick, Maine

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2010

Maine Magazine

November

Bayside Bowl

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Bowling Center Management

November

Bayside Bowl

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2008

Maine Home + Design

March

Cover (while with Stephen Blatt Architects), Private Residence

MHD-cover

Accent Home & Garden

November / December

Cover (while with Stephen Blatt Architects), Private Residence

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2004

Synagogue Architecture in America: faith, spirit & identity

Henry and Daniel Stolzman, published by The Images Publishing Group (while with RG Roesch Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

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1989

Robert Bradford Newman Award

National award for thesis project – “Excellence in the Study of Acoustics and its Application to Architecture

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Design Process

Listen First, then Solve

Private Residence, Phippsburg, MaineDavid Matero Architecture, a small, yet diverse full service architectural firm, begins each project by listening to the client.  After all, it is their project.  (It has been noted that David is better at listening to his clients than his wife).  Listening and appropriately responding has rewarded DM/A with an interesting and varied portfolio.With well over 20 years of experience in a variety of projects from New York to Maine, DM/A enjoys the challenges of both commercial and residential architecture and often discovers that these genres can overlap to help solve design issues.  As one reviews the DM/A portfolio they might have difficulty finding a style.  As different as clients are, so to should be their buildings.  At DM/A we strive to design a building that is a reflection of the client, environmentally appropriate, and good design.  We believe that a well thought-out and common sense approach to a design project can create beautiful architecture.

Although full architectural services is what we like to provide, DM/A is good at adapting to the services that are appropriate for our clients.  Appropriate services might be a contract by the hour, or a percentage of the construction project, or somewhere in between.  We’ve even been known to provide emergency architectural services when clients realize, almost too late, that hiring an architect is a good thing.


The Design Procesmilley

Our design process can be broken down into six phases that often overlap and are combined, depending on the complexity of the project and whether it is a residential or commercial project.  However, almost all projects include all these phases of design and construction in some form or another:


Pre-Planning

lean-too-2Discussions with the owner to review goals, needs and requirement are critical to establishing the scope of work.  It is our job to ask questions to get a clear understanding of the ultimate goals of the Client.

If as-built drawings are not available, field measurements are taken to produce a set of existing conditions that will be used as a base for design discussions.

Existing conditions, at a minimum, include a lot plan, floor plans, building elevations, and building sections.  If the project will be a new-build, then a lot plan and an understanding of the site constraints and zoning are critical.


Schematic Design (SD)Open and Light-filled

Realizing that a well-thought out building is a collection of complex elements, preliminary concepts are established that begin to set forth the major elements of the project.  Preliminary plans, hand-drawn sketches, computer renderings, and/or models are just some of the media that DM/A will use to present concepts to the client.  SD is also the stage where a preliminary code review is researched to identify zoning requirements or jurisdictional restrictions.

The SD stage establishes the general scope of work, spatial relationships, scale and form and involves the Client to review.  It is important that at every stage the Client is engaged in the design process as we feel that the Client is part of the design team.


Design DevelopmentBayview Dental (DD)

Based on the approved SD package, DD takes the design to more detail as we concentrate on hardline drawings using CAD.  Depending on the complexity of the project, components of the building such as the structural and mechanical system are established.  At the end of this phase, a design has been sufficiently developed and documented to begin cost estimate discussions with one or more selected contractor.Drawings will include floor plans with dimensions, elevations, building sections and major details.  An outline specification might be part of this scope to gain a better understanding of the design in words.


Construction Documents (CD)section

Based on the approved DD and any adjustment during discussions, detailed drawings and specifications will be necessary for pricing, code, and construction.  Drawings may include:

  • Site Plan
  • Landscape Plan
  • Code Review and Analysis
  • Dimensioned floor plans and roof plan
  • Building sections
  • Building elevations
  • Detailed wall sections and details
  • Interior elevations
  • Interior details and schedules (door, window, finish schedule, etc)
  • Millwork details
  • Reflected ceiling and electrical plan, lighting plan, lighting details and lighting schedule
  • Interior design (includes assistance with choosing plumbing fixtures, appliances, floor and wall coverings, and colors)
  • Structural drawings (foundation, framing plans and details)
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (typically provided by MEP engineers)
  • Outline specifications

Bidding / Negotiations (B/N)

Very often a phase for our commercial projects, during the bidding process, DM/A will answer questions from bidders through the addenda process.  Once bids have been submitted, DM/A will analyze the bids and make notes and recommendations to the Client.  In all projects, DM/A will assist the Client with negotiations with their selected contractor.


Construction Administrationtown-hall-place

During construction, DM/A can serve as a representative of the Client.  DM/A will visit the site, along with the client and/or contractor, on a weekly biweekly/monthly basis to remain generally familiar with, and to keep the Client informed about progress and also review the quality of the ongoing work to determine if it is in accordance with the Construction Documents.

At the end of construction a punch list will be assembled that will outline the final items necessary to complete construction and for release of final payment.


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January 2013 eNews

 

 

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January 2013 (No. 6)

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Welcome to our newsletter. First, we would like to apologize for the multiple emails of our last newsletter. We resolve to be more patient with the “send” button in 2013. Occasionally we will update you with news about David Matero Architecture. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.
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Maine AIA turns 100

In 2012 Fenway Park, L.L. Bean and Maine AIA turned 100. DM/A attended the 2012 Maine Home and Design awards ceremony at the Portland Museum of Art and many AIA Maine members came up on stage for a photo op as the Maine Chapter turned 100.At this Decembers’ annual meeting, the chapter honored our first executive director, Judith Harvie, who is retiring after 37 years with Maine AIA. Thank you for your service, Judy, you will be missed. AIA 100 Years

When Modernism Came to Maine

The highlight of the aforementioned Maine AIA annual meeting was a lecture by Maine’s State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. The lecture, “When Modernism Came to Maine” examined homes designed by leading modernist architects from the 1930?s through the 1960?s. Mr. Shettleworth presented several very interesting buildings by some international architects, such as Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, as well as our well-known in-state architects John Calvin Stevens and Eaton Tarbell. Earle Shettleworth, Jr
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Bayview Dental out of the ground

Bayview Dental is out of the ground. This 5,300 sf dentist office in Yarmouth will feature cathedral ceilings in the 11 exam room area with high diffused natural light. bayview-dental
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New York City

After working in NYC for 12 years, but then not visiting since 2001, David had a lot to see and reminisce in the Big Apple last month. Besides the highlights of visiting with classmate Doug Austin, and catching up with former colleagues, Geoff Roesch and Tanya Barth, walking the High Line skypark was a wonderful experience. It’s no secret that David envisions something just like this on the remains of the Cartlon bridge that spans Bath and Woolwich. highline
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2013 – A Time to Reflect on 2012

January is a time to reflect on the past year. Although life can seem chaotic with natural weather events, politics, economy, and man-made tragedies, DM/A continues to strive to create beautiful architecture whenever possible, and we can only do that because of our wonderful clients. Some of our firm highlights this year include our first employee, the completion of our first Lean Too house, our new marketing push with this newsletter, and our year-long commitment to advertising with Maine Home and Design.Here at DM/A, we don’t just design buildings, we build relationships. MHD3
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On the drawing board…

A growing family in Auburn on a beautiful site needs more bedrooms and natural light in the living spaces. DM/A is working on a new second story addition for bedrooms, as well as a new wing off the south to capture natural light and views. A holistic scheme to be phased in over time, DM/A is creating a master plan for the various projects. auburn-lake-2
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Sincerely,
Cathy Matero
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David Matero Architecture

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December 2012

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Welcome to our newsletter. Occasionally we will update you with news about David Matero Architecture. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.
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DM/A in Maine Home + Design

Have you picked up the December issue of Maine Home + Design? Every year MH+D highlights a group of Maine architects and features one of their projects. In this Architecture issue, DM/A and our Lean Too project are featured, along with 20 other architecture projects in the state. DM/A would like to thank the staff at MH+D for their hard work and the service they do for highlighting home design in our region. Lean Too house

DM/A’s first employee!

DM/A is excited to introduce our first employee. Alex Rogers graduated last May from the University of Tennessee and currently lives in Mt Vernon where she is helping her parents renovate their 1860?s farmhouse. Alex is getting a hands on experience in a deep energy retrofit during the weekends and becoming a valuable resource for DM/A during the day. Alex Rogers
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Join the micro-conversation on Twitter

Do you tweet? Follow David Matero Architecture at DM_Architecture on Twitter as we Design Buildings and Build Relationships one tweet at a time. Twitter
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Woolwich Town Hall

For the past few months DM/A has been working with the Woolwich Town Hall Building Committee on how to upgrade their existing facility. The current town hall (and fire station) no longer meets the needs of the community. Two schemes have been developed and currently are being presented to the town of Woolwich so the citizens can determine the direction of their town hall project. An upcoming public hearing is scheduled for December 5. The final vote is scheduled during the town meeting in May, 2013. Woolwich Town Hall
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ABX Boston

DM/A recently visited ABX Boston, the Architecture Boston Expo, courtesy of the Pella bus that started in Bangor and picked up architects and builders on the way through Maine to Boston. The trade show was held at the Boston Convention Center, New England’s largest convention center. DM/A attended classes and visited with product representatives, and had a fun-filled dinner at the No Name Restaurant with the Pella crew. Running into a classmate from Roger Williams University, Mark Carnicelli, was a highlight for David. ABX Boston
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On the drawing board…

DM/A is back to the drawing board helping a family of four in Brunswick fulfill their dream of an open and light-filled home. This is just one of our preliminary interior studies showing the view from the living room back to the dining room and kitchen. Further studies will show how light (and the free heat that comes with it in the winter) will enter their living spaces. Brunswick Open and Light-filled
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Cathy Matero
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Bath, ME 04530

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November 2012

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DM/A in Maine Home + Design

Have you picked up the November issue of Maine Home + Design? Inside the back cover, DM/A is featured in “The Drawing Board” section. Check out DM/A’s “open and light-filled design for a family of four in Brunswick. This energy efficient home has perfect orientation with lofted ceilings in the main living areas with dormers bringing in light from above.” Open and Light-filled

DM Cheers on USA

Sometimes you have to take a break from work and cheer on the USA Men’s National Soccer team. David Matero recently spent exactly 24 hours in Kansas City (both Missouri and Kansas) catching up with friends and cheering the USA team on to victory. The 3-1 win over Guatemala propelled the men’s team to the “Hex.” In the Hex, six teams will compete in home and home matches for three automatic berths to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. The next round for USA begins in February 2013. USA vs Guatemala
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Main Street Bath Survey

A few years ago, in a Main Street Bath survey, residents shared their thoughts about how they would like to see Bath grow and evolve. What did residents and visitors request? Ice cream, waterfront park, year-round farmer’s market, pet sore, Thai food, clothing store…done. It’s time, again, to tell Main Street Bath what you want in Bath (and maybe win a $50 Gift of Bath certificate). Please respond to this 5 minute survey, it will help guide us towards growing Bath. Main Street Bath
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DM/A Sponsors Dreamland Theater at Winter Street Center

Do you remember the time you fell in love with movies? Come celebrate youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies with us at Winter Street Center on November 29th. DM/A will be sponsoring Cinema Paradiso, one of our favorite movies of all time. Dreamland Theater at Winter Street Center is presented every Thursday, October through April, with showings at 7pm. Bring your own food and drink (plus an extra $5 for a donation) and enjoy and assortment of entertaining movies. Cinema Paradiso
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Lunch and Learn at DM/A

Our Lunch and Learn events have been very successful (pictured is our latest with Marvin Integrity windows). Our next schedule Lunch and Learn,Thursday November 29, will be presented by Jason Peacock from Maine Green Building Supply. First you need to air seal, and you can do that with Siga Air and Windtightness System (environmentally friendly, high-perfomance adhesive tapes) then you have to mechanically ventilate your home, perhaps with a Venmar Air Exchange system? A 2 for 1 lunch and learn. Please RSVP to by November 26th and/or ask to be added to our Lunch and Learn roster by emailing cathy@davidmatero.com. DM/A Lunch and Learn
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Views from the site…

On top of Paris Hill stood a traditional 4 square house and ell with some unfortunate additions constructed over time. The garage was moved to make a perfect pool house and one of the additions was torn down. A new master bedroom, kitchen and mudroom wing will be constructed, and the existing house will be updated, insulated and modernized. House on the Hill
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Open and Light-filled

Architecture: David Matero Architecture

A family of four is looking for an energy efficient, four bedroom house in-town Brunswick.  The project will be designed to allow phased construction over time.  Lofted spaces will create a unique space inside.  DM/A is working closely with Senecal Construction Services on this project.

 



October 2012 eNews

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October 2012

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DM/A Launches new website

Have you visited www.davidmatero.com lately? Our recently redesigned DM/A website was developed with WordPress software by Maine Hosting Solutions.  The WordPress program allows easier interface with our portfolio as well as a simpler method to keep our visitors up to date with our projects and company.  You can also find our archived newsletters and project blogs.  We are still adding information to the website, but please feel free to visit and tell us what you think. www.davidmatero.com
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Woolwich Town Hall

DM/A’s proposal to study an addition/renovation project for the Woolwich Town Hall was recently approved by the Woolwich selectman.  DM/A will be working closely with a building committee to analyze a variety of options.  Residents will have opportunities to comment on these options throughout the fall/winter in preparation for a town meeting in the spring. Woolwich Town Hall
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Open house tours at Winter Street Center

Winter Street Church, one of Bath’s most historic buildings,  was constructed in 1843 by master builder Anthony Coombs Raymond.  Two of Maine’s influential 19th century architects, Francis Fassett and John Calvin Stevens, also had a hand in the design of the building.  WSC was saved from the wrecking ball in 1971 by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., our local non-profit historic preservation group.Follow the history of this church, now special events center, with an exhibit prepared by Cathy Matero, as well as tours of the sanctuary.  Open through October (Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 2pm).  Oh, that house that David and Cathy are slowly renovating…was Anthony Coombs Raymond’s home from the 1840s until his death in 1879 at the age of 81. DM/A Rendering of Renovated Winter Street Center
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Lunch and Learn at DM/A

Have you been looking for a place in Bath to learn about local and green building products, and have a free lunch at the same time?  Ask to be added to our lunch and learn roster by emailing cathy@davidmatero.com.Recently DM/A hosted Linwood Windows (custom wood windows made in Rockland) and Boral exterior trim (durable and sustainable poly-ash).  Next up: Thursday October 18 we will learn about Marvin Integrity’s triple-glazed window. DM/A Lunch & Learn October 4th, 2012
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On the Drawing Board…

The Re-Modular: A single story modular home in Brunswick has it all, location, location, location, and not much else.  DM/A is turning this ho-hum modular into a modern “farmhouse” (without the animals) with open and ligh-filled space inside for a family of four.
Proposed view from the north
Proposed view from the north
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