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October 2013 eNews

DM|A Newsletter

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October 2013 (No. 15)

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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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Save the date – October 5

The owners of our Lean Too Freeport house have graciously offered to open their doors this Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 3pm to the public. As part of the NESEA Green Building Open House, this high-efficiency house will showcase the latest in green technology. Come see and learn about passive solar design, air-sourced heat pumps, triple-glazed windows and double-thick walls. DM|A, along with other members of the design and construction team, will be there to answer questions and discuss energy efficiency. The Kelsey Brook subdevelopment is off Litchfield Road, which is off Flying Point Road in Freeport…or GPS 20 Litchfield Road and then hang a left. Pictured is the newly installed concrete countertop. Construction by Senecal Construction Services. leantoo-reduced
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Pssst! Save the date – October 5

After a day touring energy efficient homes, relax by quietly finding Bath’s latest speakeasy. A rumor is going around that for $15 per person, a speakeasy is opening up somewhere in Bath on October 5 from 7 to 10pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Sagadahoc Prohibition Inc website, or at Now You’re Cooking, or Brickstore Antiques in downtown Bath. A 6-piece jazz ensemble, Hadacol Bouncers, will be rocking the house. Come dressed as your favorite bootlegger, flapper, gangster or moll. Purchasing a ticket gets you the location and the password for entry. SPIPoster-reduced

Houzz Feature

DM|A was recently featured in Houzz, “A Dramatic Facade Makeover in Maine” focused on a facelift to an existing ranch in Harpswell. The design of this ranch was substantially changed at a relatively low cost by adding a new entry, removing a wrap-around porch, and adding new materials to create a new language to the house. The comments at the end of the article have been interesting to read. Certainly not a design that everyone will like or agree with, the design process was a great example of how to work and share ideas with a client, and the client is very happy with the end result. cedar-ranch-1
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SBA Reunion

DM|A spent a recent Friday morning at the Passivehaus Maine “EnerPHit and Deep Energy Retrofit” forum at the Portland Public Library. Speakers Paul Eldrenkamp, Oliver Klein, and Chris Corson spoke about energy reduction through renovation. Using varied approaches, and sometimes opposing views and opinions, they shared their experience cutting energy costs by upwards of 90%. It was also fun visiting Portland and running into past colleagues from Stephen Blatt Architects. Pictured is Kevin Moquin, Carol Morisette and David. sba-reunion
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Views from the Job Site

We enjoy visiting the Re-Modular in Brunswick to see its progress. On the way back from the deep energy retrofit (DER) forum we stopped by to visit our own DER. This view of the living room, open to a loft above, will help move heat around. Air-source heat pumps and a fireplace for supplemental heat, combined with PV-panels on the roof will result in net-zero energy costs for the year. Construction by Alexander and Allen. remodular
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Client Dinner

When a potential client, one of whom is a lobsterman, offers to hire you, do not say “no.” DM|A has been working with clients in Harpswell on modest improvements to their ocean-front cottage. So, a last minute invitation to a seafood fest on a recent glorious Saturday night was impossible to resist. Fresh quahogs, lobster, seafood chowder, corn, potatoes, roasted apples, ended with with s’mores over an open fire on a small island in the middle of Quahog Bay. Summer may end now. qhahog-bay

On the drawing board

DM|A is working closely with Rideout and Turner on renovating and updating an existing house in Harpswell. With beautiful views of the water, the existing house is stuck in the 1970’s, complete with shag carpeting and paneling. The exterior improvements will be selective to help keep expenses where it’s needed most. DM|A is moving quickly through schematic design and is managing this project through skype with the clients. IMG
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Dusk on Quahog Bay
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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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