Idyllic Maine

OMG, I Want This House: Maine (Photos)

The name of the game is natural light in these gorgeous cottages on the Maine coast. See photos.

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Few locales conjure up more summer fantasies than idyllic Maine. In Houses of Maine: Elliott + Elliott Architecture, a book released by Princeton Architectural Press this month, the Pine Tree State takes the spotlight in a tour of some of the gorgeous homes that dot the coastline.

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This home is a three-in-one special, featuring a main house, a barn, and an artist's studio. When the owners get tired of being indoors, they can lounge on the meadow that slopes down to the shoreline. 

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This airy living space has a minimalist, rustic look on the inside punctuated by a traditional exterior. 

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An open kitchen plan provides plenty of room for experimentation by the budding cook.

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This “House on an Island” utilizes the southern sun and the sloping land to take advantage of the best winter and summer weather.

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There's no such thing as too many windows when your view looks like this.

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The “House on the Neck” sits on the Blue Hill Bay surrounded by a forest of oak, birch, and fir trees.

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Wood is used both inside and out to create a natural feeling.

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Called the “Shadow House,” this home’s simplistic structure diverts attention to its gorgeous surroundings.

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This set of three connecting summer cottages was inspired by the fishing shacks that dot the nearby wharves.

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Sleek wood and brightly colored furniture give the connected cottages a modern, cozy feel.

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Designed as a twist on the classic Cape Cod home, the “House on Casco Bay” combines modern touches of glass, wood, and stone walls.

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The more, the merrier when it comes to natural light. Skylights brighten up the top floor of this house.

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It’s easy to take full advantage of the gorgeous Maine landscape with these floor-to-ceiling windows.