On Point

This Mount Vernon A-Frame is on point.

a 1975 A-frame in Mount Vernon, Maine, on Torsey Pond
Photo by Megan Jones
From the July/August 2019 issue of Maine Homes by Down East

“My husband, Erik, and 
had been looking for a cabin in fits and starts
 for a couple of years. When we saw this A-frame in Mount Vernon, we both had a “this is the one” feeling. Set on a double lot 30 feet from Torsey Pond, it was
built in 1975 by the sellers
and hadn’t been updated at all. We loved the structure, but wanted to add a modern aesthetic. We decided to put boxy, cement board-clad additions on the sides that preserve the pretty edges of the A-frame.
The interior now has a bigger, more functional layout with straight walls on the first floor that made a sensible kitchen possible,
 as well as a larger bedroom and living room with a new picture window — a splurge, but totally worth it. The original spiral staircase to the loft remains the same except for a fresh coat of paint. We love the shady landscape filled with ferns and massive white pines. It feels just right and sort of familiar, like it was meant to be.” — Caitlin Mushial, Portland and Mount Vernon

May 2024, Down East Magazine

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