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Residential Design


Richard Renner Architects

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RR A Richard Renner Architects With offices in Portland, Maine and Sherborn, Massachusetts,

Workload is carefully controlled to maintain a high level of principal involvement throughout

RR| A designs distinctive residences throughout New England. Working closely with

design and construction. Because of this involvement and the collaborative nature of the studio,

clients and collaborating across disciplines, RR| A creates durable, environmentally

RR| A has developed a reputation for a high level of personal service.

responsible buildings that complement their settings and express the vision and values of their owners and occupants. Sustainable design is a cornerstone of the practice, and for over a decade the firm has expanded and refined the process of designing effective green homes and buildings.

Projects have received awards from the Boston Society of Architects, Resource Efficient Homes Across America, Maine Preservation, and the City of Portland, and include two LEED Home Platinum certified residences. RR| A has been published in numerous national and regional shelter and residential magazines.


Coastal Home Designed to fit into the oceanfront

landscape, this four-bedroom home links coastal Maine vernacular architectural elements with a contemporary sensibility. The owners’ private spaces are located on the upper floor appropriately separated from garden level guest rooms. The first-floor kitchen, family, dining, and living areas are arranged in a semi-open plan to accommodate large family gatherings while maintaining an intimate feel for the owners when alone. A private guest suite above the garage is connected to the main house by an enclosed footbridge that overlooks a fern and rock garden below. A tower offers panoramic views of meadows and the rocky shoreline.

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Though rigorously reflecting the owners’ contemporary taste, this energy efficient modern house complements the surrounding beachfront community. The overall shape was inspired by both the beach and the ocean, which can be seen from all rooms. Interiors were designed to exhibit the owners’ extensive art collection.

Seacoast Retreat

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This LEED Home Platinum residence is the conversion of a 3,000 SF derelict brick commercial building into an office on the ground floor and a loft apartment above. The 1,400 SF loft has a spacious, open layout for the public spaces, with an atrium-like entryway and clerestory windows, while the bedrooms are more private. Custom steel stairs lead to a home office and then to a vegetated roof. The residence features high levels of insulation, triple-glazed windows, radiant floor heating, a solar photovoltaic system, and reused and repurposed materials. Urban Loft

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Located in a historic waterfront community, this Shingle Style house takes advantage of water views in several directions. First-floor rooms are carefully arranged to maximize views and choices between public and private spaces, all with an intimate feel. With five bedrooms and a third-floor bunk room, the house easily accommodates the owners’ families and guests. A protected porch on the west side, ideal for enjoying sunsets and views of the White Mountains, shades the interior from the afternoon sun.

Seacoast Home

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The contemporary design of this 1,200 SF, two-bedroom, energy efficient urban infill home complements its eclectic neighborhood setting. The open plan on the first floor contrasts with more intimate live / work spaces on the second floor. Stairs provide access to a roof deck that has views of Casco Bay. The walls are superinsulated, and future plans include solar panels for domestic hot water and electricity.

Urban Infill

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The approach to this new four-bedroom residence follows an old farm road to an entry court created by existing trees. The road continues through the garage to fields beyond. Rooms and porches are carefully arranged to take advantage of views to a pond, a barn, and the surrounding fields. An open plan inside unites kitchen, dining, and living spaces.

Modern Farm House

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This 3,200 SF, fourbedroom house incorporates a high performance building envelope, minimal site disturbance, and environmentally friendly materials. The flexible, open floor plan provides good views to the surrounding natural landscape. The house also features passive and active solar collection systems, triple-glazed windows, a heat recovery ventilator, radiant floor heating, and rain-screen siding. LEED Home Platinum

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Studio & Chicken Coop This artist’s studio is

flooded with light from a large, north-facing dormer, which also provides views to surrounding meadows. To the south, there are ocean views. The energy efficient building includes triple-glazed windows and plans for future solar panels.

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This energy efficient, in-town house was created by rebuilding and adding to an existing three-car garage. The new home successfully maintains the scale and appearance of the previous structure while providing dramatic and efficient new living spaces. Carefully placed windows flood the house with natural light while preserving privacy. The terrace and garden create an intimate and secluded outdoor space.

Small Urban Home

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Island Home This island residence takes advantage of spectacular Caribbean ocean views of near and far islands with an open, informal plan. The house nestles into a steep slope, and the separate guest house frames the pool and preserves privacy.

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This carriage house / studio frames the entrance to a shorefront property, and provides garage and overflow activity space for the nearby main house.

Carriage House

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Richard Renner Architects www.rrennerarchitects.com

35 Pleasant Street Portland, Maine 04101 T 207.773.9699 F 207.773.9599 133 South Main Street Sherborn, Massachusetts 01770 T 508.651.2385 F 508.651.0911

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THOMAS DELANEY, BERNIE MYERS, RICHARD RENNER, JAMES ROBBINS, JAMES R. SALOMON, PETER VANDERWARKER

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