Home of the Week: The Birdhouse at Prout’s Neck

The Birdhouse, nicknamed for its diminutive, iconic form, is located steps away from the beach on Prout’s Neck, an historic summer retreat near Saco Bay in Scarborough, Maine.

The house was rebuilt on the existing foundation and expanded vertically because of strict zoning regulations that limit building coverage on the lot.

The striking gambrel roofline is a modern exaggeration of an historic coastal form, fusing traditional New England style with the owner’s modern taste.

The vertical expansion almost doubled the original 1,300-square-foot footprint while maintaining a decorous profile that is harmonious with traditional cottages on the street.

Spatial limitations led to some compelling design solutions, including exposed steel beams, a spiral staircase and monumental shiplap-siding wall that unites all three stories.

The BALA judges’ comments included, “Familiar form but unique; very creative; great symmetry; purposeful design, bells and whistles you didn’t expect.”

Read more and visit the photo gallery.

Architect/Designer | Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Builder R. P. Morrison Builders
Interior Designer | Colleen Alford
Photography | Jeff Roberts Imaging


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