What is just enough? The owner of this writer’s getaway proposed this question in the preliminary stages of the design process.
The consideration was in part due to budget constraints, as well as an exercise in modesty. The residence is a two-bedroom retreat with a three-quarter bathroom. Its 600sf in two levels explores efficiency. Space is economized by overlapping functions. For example, the laundry and storage areas share the circulation space that connect the living areas to the bathroom and main entry.
Connecting users to the outdoors is a screen porch and a deck. Perched on a sloping site set back from the Damariscotta River, one has the feeling of nesting in the trees.