As Maine, along with the rest of the country, struggles to settle back into a more ordered lifestyle after the excesses of the 1980s, considerations such as craftsmanship, utility, and affordability are moving to the forefront in housing and other lifestyle decisions. In this annual issue devoted to the variety of Maine living, the editors report some trends fit for the nineties.
A House for ttre Nineties
Inspired by raditional New England mills, a husband-and-wife team designed a house for themselves that is rational, energy-efficient — and affordable. By Beth Crichlow.
A Talent for Rocks
To build the Maine camp of his dreams, the author apprenticed himself to a master builder notable for strong construction and strong opinions. By David Morine.
Putting a Dream Together
When it finally came time to build their dream house, Hank and Monika Bonser found that a remanufactured kit saved them time, grief, and dollars. By Chase Reynolds.
A Wild Touch
Nature requires dedicated helping hands to produce a natural-looking flower garden. A case in point is found on Mount Desert Island. By Jane Lamb.
Making Friendly Furniture
Cabinetnaker David Stenstrom finds that a dab of color here and there adds a contemporary and convivial touch to his period creations. By Liz Blanchard.
Saturday Night at Sunday Rlver
After hours, workaholic staffers at Maine’s busiest ski area recreate amidst all the comforts of home.
Room With A View
Madonna’s product is narrowly based, to say the least, but her marketing skills are honed to a fine edge, and it probably isn’t necessary for her to know anything at all to appeal to those who find her fascinating. By Caskie Stinnett.
The Talk of Portland
Along the Waterfront
Tax Angers Boatbuilders
Down East Bookshelf
Bodies of Water by J.S. Borthwick
The Maine Viewpoint
North by East
Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.
Cover: This archetypal farmstead, the home of retired state highway patrolman Richard T . Grover, Jr., and his wife, Grace, has been the object of admiring glances from passersby near Wiscasset for more than 150 years. Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink.