Point of View – the House

Cushing, Maine 04563  -  43° 58’ N 69° 28’ W

Located at the tip of a seventy-five acre peninsula jutting into Maple Juice Cove, Point of View is a beacon for mariners as they enter this lovely sheltered cove. One of only five year round homes, it is accessed by a private half mile drive. Screened from the drive by mature plantings, the house rests on an open expanse of green lawn sloping gently to the water’s edge. The lawn is punctuated by rocky outcroppings and perennials.

The house was custom designed and built in 2000 for the Elliott family of Thomaston, Maine. It showcases the exquisite craftsmanship that is the hallmark of Maine’s 19th century ship building heritage. Elliott’s grandchildren are the ninth generation of one of the earliest families who settled the town of Thomaston.

Point of View pays homage to the shingled seashore architecture reminiscent of Sandbars, a home overlooking Chatham Harbor on Cape Cod. Sandbars, built in 1928, was designed by Boston architect Edward Sears Read.  Point of View is true to the aesthetic of Sandbars and its grand casualness while it offers the amenities and detail expected by today’s owner.

Ten foot ceilings and large windows on the first floor provide spacious, open, light filled rooms, bringing the outside in. Magnificent water views are framed in oak from every window. The south facing ten foot high wall of windows running the entire length of the house provides unrestricted views of the cove. The cherry, oak or mahogany woodwork is a beautiful expression of the design and craftsmanship of master cabinetmaker Bill Faller of Rockland, Maine.

The northern exposure was designed with very few windows to provide protection from winter weather. As an additional thermal barrier, the attached, heated, two car garage was built along the north side. Constructed for maximum energy efficiency, the house and garage were built with ten inch thick, highly insulated exterior walls and in-floor radiant heat. The fresh water system, laundry and gas fired boiler are all contained in a brightly lit utility room on the main floor of the house, centrally located along the interior north wall. All residual heat produced by the boiler stays within the house. There are seven heating zones: six for the house and one for the garage.


The home security system is linked directly by radio to Seacoast Security.

To accentuate the drop in grade from the house to the shore, a stone retaining wall was dry laid to resemble the rocky coastline using foundation stones of a barn once located on the property.

Local stone quarried from Washington and Searsmont, Maine is used in the landscaping.