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Lakeside & Winter-Worthy

Turning a seasonal retreat on Rangeley Lake into a year-round retirement home ultimately required building a new energy-efficient house.

A Truly Tiny House

When her sons grew up and moved out, Valerie Chiasson put her lifelong fascination with little houses into practice. She downsized into a 230-square-foot home.

Happy Trails

Maine Huts and Trails maintains miles of paths for skiing, hiking, or even biking between beautiful lodges in Maine’s wilderness. The organization transports client gear between lodges, and provides a welcome respite at the end of each day’s trek.

This Little House

Steve Thomas, former host of PBS’s "This Old House" and Discovery’s "Renovation Nation," and his wife, Evy Blum, have renovated a 1,300-square-foot home built in 1905 by a fisherman in Port Clyde.

Bohemian Princess

A mystical gypsy caravan, built as a garden folly, features fine boatbuilding touches and is perfect for parties or afternoon naps.

Maine’s First Summer Home

Built for a Louisiana hotelier and his wife, the jaw-dropping rooms of Portland’s Victoria Mansion constitute the first and only extant interior by 19th-century design star Gustave Herter. Today, more than 150 years after it was built, the mansion retains 90 percent of its original furnishings and grants a rare look at 19th-century design.

Modern Rustic

An architect designs an efficient yet elegant one-story home where his parents can enjoy their retirement.

Architectural Sparkle: Lowe Hardware

Founded by Bill Lowe of Owls Head, Maine, who started out making special metal fittings for yachts, Lowe Hardware has expanded into the high-end custom hardware home market. The company makes doorknobs, pulls, hinges, cabinet handles, and even fittings for furniture, in finishes that range from shiny or rough bronze to gold-plated brass or nickel.

Small House, Big View

An environmentalist sees the rebuild of his shorefront home as an opportunity to align the house with his principles. The new house is small and extremely efficient.

The BrightBuilt Home

An architectural firm partnered with a modular homebuilder to come up with cost-effective and energy-efficient homes.

Freshwater Stone

At Freshwater Stone Jeff Gamlin turns ordinary rock into useful works of art

Rebirth for a historic mill

An old mill in Freedom is a model for adaptive re-use. After a 40-year vacancy, it is filled with new life, including an alternative school and a restaurant.

Yurt - William Coperthwaite

William Coperthwaite may have the answer to the mortgage market troubles—build a yurt.