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Maine Island Cabin by Alex Scott Porter Design

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by J. Anthony last modified Aug 03, 2013

Alex Scott Porter designed the Maine Island Cabin, located on Ragged Island (Criehaven), 20 miles off the coast of Maine, USA. Description: This three-season retreat house is situated on a remote island. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, cellular grid, water service or ferry service – no grid. The house can store enough solar […]




 

 

Maine Island Cabin by Alex Scott Porter Design modern cabins

Alex Scott Porter designed the Maine Island Cabin, located on Ragged Island (Criehaven), 20 miles off the coast of Maine, USA.

Description:

This three-season retreat house is situated on a remote island. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, cellular grid, water service or ferry service – no grid. The house can store enough solar energy and rain water to power a refrigerator, lights, kitchen tap, outdoor shower and outlets for music or a laptop computer.
The 550 square foot house, on a tiny lot, sits right on the water facing the harsh northeastern open ocean – winds clocking 100 mph were measured last year. The house was designed with a hard, protective aluminum shell to close up in the off-season, by three large sliding doors. The exterior needed to be virtually maintenance free, a challenge with the corrosive salt air. In mild weather the house opens up to take in the prevailing breezes and soak up the daylight. Technology-wise, the house operates on photovoltaics with large-capacity batteries, a 525 gallon cistern, a composting toilet, and a solar refrigerator originally designed for keeping medical supplies cold in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The construction had to be planned to the nail as all the materials had to be transported to the island at once. As a result, all the framing was designed on a 2-foot grid for fail-proof planning and coordination. The simple interior uses unfinished north-eastern woods. Truly local materials were also used—beach stones for the hearth and island-cured concrete counters – as well as recycled plastic laminate for the cabinets.

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Design: Alex Scott Porter Design

Photos: Eirik Johnson for Dwell


 

 

 
 
 

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