House of Many Visions
Too many cooks in the kitchen? A backseat driver?
An additional design-builder on a house that has already had two prominent architects? Normally the end result would be a muddle, the consequence of too many thoughts about where things should be going. But when Boston-based Colston A. Black of Rizon Design and Build added his vision to this midcoast property, things cohered. His talent for working with wood and creating unusual spaces made for a dramatic yet well-integrated addition that was just right for an extended family whose needs had changed over the years.
The Green House, as the owners call their contemporary home, was originally designed in the 1970s by Eaton Tarbell, an architect known for his V-shaped design for the Bangor Auditorium. The house was remodeled in the 1990s by James Schildroth, a Wiscasset architect who was deeply influenced by organic architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright, and who completed a two-year apprenticeship at Wright’s school, Taliesin West. The 1990s remodel reshaped the original structure and added a master bedroom facing the water, an indoor lap pool, and a spacious great room situated under a shed roof with windows on three sides.