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October 2014 eNews

DM|A Newsletter


October 2014 (No. 27)

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.

The Ledges

With limited exterior additions this oceanfront cottage and guest house is completely refreshed with modern finishes, materials, and windows. A new gable dormer facing the water greatly upgrades the second floor master bedroom. Communicating over Skype, DM|A worked with the owners and the construction managers, Rideout & Turner, to re-insulate and modernize both of the structures. The Ledges

North American Passive House Network

DM|A recently attended the NAPHN conference in Portland. Well attended by people all over the world, it was a fun and educating two days. Sponsored by PassiveHaus Maine, workshops covered energy efficient buildings, construction techniques, and architectural projects. Pictured is the founder of the PassiveHaus Institute, Wolfgang Feist, the opening speaker. The closing speaker was the remarkable German architecture firm, Vallentin | Architektur Werkstaff.


Views from the Job Site

Construction has begun in North Bath at the Wood House / Glass House, a master bedroom, office, and studio suite addition to a distinctive glass house with wonderful views of the Kennebec River. This project will create a compound in harmony with our (almost) completed neighboring project, Eyrie. Bachman Construction is the contractor for both projects. IMG_6272

Morse soccer

A college friend of David’s played three seasons of football and achieved a 0-27 record, an experience he sums up as “Builds Character.” While the Morse HS boys soccer team has a better record, this young team continues build character in each game. Pictured is Oskar (blue) battling for the ball vs Belfast. Crisp Fall afternoons are perfect for Morse soccer, and we look forward to every match. By the way, David played rugby in college and his 2 broken collarbones prove it. oskar-morse

Views from the Job Site

Final hardscaping has begun at the Eryie. Landscaping design by Cowles Studio | Landscape Architecture include rock steps down to a new patio at the location of the existing house foundation. The entry to the house is by way of a land bridge using granite walls on both sides. The Eyrie was featured in the Drawing Board section of Maine Home + Design in July. IMG_6298

Minnesota Matero

Last year DM|A was featured in a Downeast Magazine article. Soon thereafter, we were contacted by Minnesota based Materos, curious about our heritage. During a recent vacation in Maine, Deb and John visited our office (bearing gifts of Minnesotan chocolate). In the late 19th and early 20th centuries many Finnish people emigrated to northern Minnesota, and a smaller number landed around West Paris here in Maine. Both our ancestors are from the western region of Finland, but settled in different parts of the US. min-matero

On the Drawing Board

DM|A is working with Basics Fitness Center in South Portland to give the center a building face lift. Using a combination of modern and traditional materials, the building will reflect the contemporary nature of the company’s health and fitness program. Basics
View from Height of Land near Rangeley, looking at Mooselookmeguntic Lake, on way to a site meeting
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Cathy Matero
David Matero Architecture
100 Front Street Suite 40
Bath, ME 04530
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