Coakley ~ Summerbeam, Inc.
of Maine designs and builds custom homes. Our designs are influenced
by the simple functionalism of homes native to New England.
The heart of many of the original New England homes was the center chimney,
story and one half cape. Over time, as finances allowed and needs dictated,
the nucleus cape was added on to in countless imaginative ways, lending
interest and intimacy to the original design as well as more space.
Different sizes and shapes combined to form a harmonious whole appropriate
both functionally and visually to the New England climate and way of
life. Time, successful experiments, mistakes and adaptations all have
contributed to the evolution of designs which carry with them all the
sensibleness and accumulated knowledge of three centuries.
Using the traditional home as the backbone of our designs, it is also
a point of departure from which we can pursue the needs and tastes of
contemporary life; such as the opening up of interior space and the
use of large amounts of thermopane windows where appropriate.
Besides the cape with its large center chimney fireplace and hearth,
all Summerbeam homes make use of massive beamwork to support the second
floor. In fact, the name Summerbeam is the traditional name for the
large carrying timbers upon which the weight of the other beams rested.
The beams serve aesthetic as well as structural uses. They add a feeling
of strength and solidity to the structure and impart a sense of honesty
that arises from a visual element also being a structural support. The
beamed ceiling creates a rhythm joining room to room and the long summerbeams
help accentuate horizontal space.
as well as designing, Richard Coakley has a hands-on approach and familiarity
with all the materials used, and bases decisions on an understanding
of the material's inherent qualities rather than relying on manufacturers
promotions. Our designs and methods of construction are evolutionary
in character. They are the results of experience based on the close
relationship we have with each house we build. In general, we are constantly
striving for innovative concepts and refined methods to give our clients
the best home possible.
Please visit us when on the Blue Hill Peninsula and the areas surrounding
upper Penobscot Bay. The varied geographical beauty of it's mountains,
bays, lakes, tidal estuaries, myriad of islands and open ocean, and
the warmth of its people, gives us inspiration and joy the year round.
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