by Lex Schroeder
Every house has a character all its own.
Here was a little/not-so-little Maine cottage up for sale that was one mile from Camp Ellis, right across from the Saco River, with an in-ground pool for cooling off on hot summer days. It’s situated right at the bend where Ferry Road turns toward the sea. If you don’t slow down as you round the corner, it’s easy to miss the place, and we’re glad we didn’t miss it.
We decided to purchase the property to create a summer home and vacation hangout that would be peaceful, inviting, and restorative for guests. A place where people can gather, get away from it all, recharge, create, and play. Or just enjoy the Maine coast. Before long we affectionately dubbed the house “Lil Saltbox” for its classic Maine design, striking angles from Ferry Road, and unpretentious charm.
Built in 1942, The Little Saltbox has maintained the great majority of its original designs and details. Since moving in, we’ve updated the house with new kitchen appliances and fresh paint. We’ve purposefully furnished the house with a combination of much-loved antique pieces (some found, some inherited) and modern pieces as well as modern artwork. We went for clean, beautiful, and simple without being cold. The house is airy, spacious, well-cared for, unfussy, and uncluttered. Every room is lovely, but we notice that guests gravitate to the kitchen, sun porch, and pool.
The serenity of water also feels like a theme. On hot days, the house feels about 10 degrees cooler than the temperature thanks to plenty of windows and a steady breeze off the water. One of our favorite things about the house is its proximity to the beach and the river. Walk 1 mile left and you’re at Camp Ellis and the jetty. Walk across the street and you’re on the sand next to the Saco River where you can watch the boats pass by.
We’re still learning about our Lil Saltbox so we’ll be sharing stories of before and after transformations and new house discoveries here on the blog.
We are grateful to have worked with Barb McAllister, Maine home designer on many of the home’s designs. We wish to thank Maine artist Peter Bennett for his consultations on the house as well.
We hope you enjoy the house as much as we do, and hope you’ll stay at The Little Saltbox soon.