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December 2013 eNews

DM|A Newsletter


December 2013 (No. 17)

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.

House on the Hill

On top of Paris Hill stood a traditional circa 1900 4-square house with a more recent ell plus a few other unfortunate additions constructed over time.  DM|A worked with the owners to update and modernize this house with new additions that offer a slightly contemporary feel within a traditional language.  Improvements included a new master bedroom, kitchen, and mud room wing where a previous addition had been removed, and the remainder of the existing house was completely updated.  Construction by CAF III Builders, Inc. and lighting design by Greg Day Lighting. gillis

Maine Retreat Demolition

Before construction can start on the Maine Retreat in North Bath, an existing structure on site needed to be demolished.  The owners salvaged what they could from the existing house, then Maine Building Materials Exchange had their turn, and then the backhoe had its fun. DM|A is always happy to work with Maine BME.  Their mission is to “benefit low-income homeowners and the environment by providing new and re-usable building materials at an affordable price, and by educating people about home repairs.” Construction of the new house by Bachman Construction. DSC_0170

Lunch and Learn – Maine Heritage Timber

Earlier this month Tom Shafer and Danny Pratt sponsored a lunch and learn at the DM|A studio to tell us the story behind their product.  Maine Heritage Timber recovers virgin first growth timber that was lost during its voyage down the historic Penobscot River over 100 years ago.  Milled into engineered flooring and wainscoting, the hues and patinas of this wood are rich and beautiful.  We we definitely enjoyed our discussions and want to thank Maine Heritage Timber for lunch. DSC_0185

Happy Thanksgiving

How do you start Thanksgiving?  DM|A started by helping to sponsor and running the 10th annual InsipreME Turkey Trot.  A 5K fun run and walk around Bath, this year 345 runners and walkers participated in the event to help raise money for the Bath Area Food Bank and the Wounded Warriors Project.  Continuing another tradition, after the Turkey Trot David played in the Thanksgiving morning Soccer Match and Cathy caught her breath before starting the eating festivities. IMG_4693

Views from the Job Site

The Re-Modular has been generating power for a few weeks now, even though it is still under construction by Alexander & Allen.  The interior is sheetrocked, and finishes are now beginning to be installed.  The blower door test came in at 2.0 ACH 50 before it was insulated (pretty good for an addition / renovation).  Even during the recent cold weather the contractor has to sometimes turn off the one heater in the house because it gets too warm. DSC_01852

Maine Home + Design – Architecture Issue

For the second year in a row, DM|A was included in the recent Architecture issue of Maine Home + Design.  One of 18 Maine architects featured this year, we submitted Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern.  A 240 seat, two-story restaurant and bar in Freeport.  The restaurant features two bars, a glass deck overlooking LL Bean, and a beautiful Douglas Fir ceiling with dramatic lighting. The issue is on newstands now, and soon will be included on the MHD website. Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern Freeport, Maine

On the Drawing Board

Currently in schematic design, DM|A is negotiating a 30% expansion rule for a tear-down and rebuild cottage in Brunswick.  At only 1,500 sf, this efficiently designed home will have 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms and an open plan to maximize light and wonderful views of the water. from-water---render
Baluster – House on the Hill
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Cathy Matero
David Matero Architecture
100 Front Street Suite 40
Bath, ME 04530
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