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Bath, Maine 04530

May 2014 eNews

DM|A Newsletter


May 2014 (No. 22)

Welcome to our newsletter. Once a month we will update you with news about David Matero Architecture and our community. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback.

Island Tree House

Thank you to Darren Setlow Photography for a new series of interior photographs of the Island Tree House that are now on our website.  The tree house was featured in DownEast magazine in August last year, and is part of a small complex of structures in the trees that also includes a rope bridge and platform with a fire pit and zip line.  The tree house is completely nestled in the woods, and although it is too big to be structured in the trees, as one looks out every window you find yourself surrounded by trees. tree-house-1

European Vacation

Alex recently traveled to Europe to see her sister who was studying in Galway, Ireland and visited four counties in 11 days.  After a quick visit in Ireland, they headed to Edinburgh, Scotland where they hiked Arthur’s seat and walked the royal mile. In Oslo, Norway they followed David’s recommendations and visited the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Aker Brygge wharf. The final stop was Krakow, Poland where Alex had lived for four month while in college. They visited  Wawel Castle and its dragon, the Jagellonian University (where Copernicus studied), St Mary’s basilica, and the market square with Clothe hall in the center.


Views from the Job Site

The Family Retreat in West Bath is starting to look like a real cottage now.  Although the early winter affected the start date, the exterior massing is complete and the finishes are beginning to be constructed.  Plumbing pipes and electrical lines cannot be installed just anywhere. The challenge requires coordinating utilities with exposed structure, as the Douglas Fir flooring is also the ceiling resting on Doug fir joists. Construction by Oceanside Builders. IMG_5456

More Views from the Job Site

The Couples Cottage in Poland is nearing completion, scheduled for the end of this month.  No space goes to waste in this 1,000 sf cottage with quiet views of a small lake and south facing windows.  A simple, yet elegant, lighting scheme was designed by Greg Day Lighting.  Construction by Senecal Construction. 10308261_808091549218898_4020838752616970929_n

Lunch and Learn

Norman Schultz from Freshwater Stone and Brickwork, Inc will be hosting a lunch and learn at our office on Thursday May 8 from noon to 1pm.  Freshwater Stone was started in 1976 and now encompasses over 22,000 sf on 20 acres in Orland, Maine.  Freshwater Stone is known for their beautiful and creative craftsmanship in all things stone; fireplaces, chimneys, landscaping, monuments, columns, and more.  In addition to working in stone, the stonework company owns a granite quarry where the signature Freshwater Peal granite is mined only 10 miles from the plant and showroom.  Please rsvp to Cathy by May 6 if you wish to attend this lunchtime event. 25_534_667_992x

Fun Friday

Creating vibrant downtowns through community leadership focused on developing place-based work site wellness, Healthy Main Streets connects small businesses with creative opportunities to make healthy choices that in turn build downtown vitality, fuel economic growth and strengthen our quality of place.  The first Fun Friday event sponsored by the Main Street Bath Wellness committee was lunchtime hula hooping.  Who knew David could pick up a hula hoop and immediately start jamming? hula

On the Drawing Board

DM|A is currently working on an addition to a raised ranch with wonderful views of the Harraseeket River in Freeport.  The aesthetic of the existing house is being maintained for the addition.  The scope of the project requires a delicate balance between the massing of the house and the new work.  A rough study model was presented to the owners that proved more valuable than renderings could have conveyed.  We are continuing developing the design for summer construction by Warren Construction. IMG_4802

Let the Sun Shine In

Cathy’s show was a huge success! Her first appearance on stage since her acclaimed romp as the “old lady with a walker” in 2013’s Hot Chocolate Jubilee (and before that not since her college days), Cathy played Jeannie, a tripped-out pregnant teenager in the rock tribal musical Hair, a Studio Theater of Bath production.  She’s got the musical theater fever now, so watch out for future show announcements. 10155275_727782213909495_8165263677813547892_n
Galway University, Galway, Ireland
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Cathy Matero
David Matero Architecture
100 Front Street Suite 40
Bath, ME 04530
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