Breakwater House: Modern in Maine

Breakwater House: Northeast Exterior

Breakwater House, a contemporary low energy home in Rockland, Maine amicably rests in a traditional neighborhood while taking advantage of sweeping 270-degree views of Rockland Harbor and its namesake, the Breakwater Lighthouse.

Equally striking on both its exterior and interior, Breakwater House was designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, Maine and completed in 2012.  Comprised of three floors efficiently stacked on a compact footprint, it grants its lucky owners 1700 SF of living space.  Guest rooms and storage on the ground level lead upstairs to an open concept living room, kitchen, work space, and an ample outdoor deck, which also serves as the carport structure.  The third floor offers a master suite, a second work space, and an additional, smaller outdoor deck cantilevered over the lower deck.   Both decks face eastward to capitalize on the scenic harbor views.  Windows on the house’s south-facing façade and rooftop solar panels harness the winter sun, while exterior slatted shelves protect from the intense summer rays.   Cedar shingles further tie Breakwater House into the fabric of its historic New England surroundings.

Fresh and composed, the interior’s knotty pine floors and woodwork hints at the Maine backcountry while pristine white walls showcase the beauty of the coastal landscape outside.  Spaced wood slats resonate the maritime horizon and separate the staircase while still maintaining openness and fluidity. Pops of color punctuate the space like unexpected gifts.  Custom tangerine sliding service doors resemble abstract tree bark with its stylized texture.  Pear green accents in the kitchen cabinetry warmly contrast the charcoal colored PaperStone pressed paper countertops.

Built by Black Brothers Builders of Rockland, Maine, Breakwater House is a near net-zero energy construction.  With an estimated 2100 kWh/year power generated by the house, and any power not consumed is fed back into the electric grid and is credited to the owners. It’s even more to warm up to!



  1. Is this house occupied?
    I like the light in the stairwell and the stairs are pretty cool too.
    And…gotta love that view!

  2. Amanda Heintz says:

    Incredible house!

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