I grew up in Medomak, a small fishing village in Bremen, Maine situated on the banks of the Medomak River at the mouth of Muscongus Bay. Son of a fisherman/boatbuilder, my earliest memories were of my grandfather sitting at the kitchen table widdling wooden boats and buoys. I spent countless hours in the backyard watching my father and his father build traditional wooden lobster boats and dories. If you have an appreciation for boats you understand the great amount of skill and craftsmanship that is required to build a reliable seafaring vessel. When it came to building boats I had two of the greatest mentors on the planet.
If stopped there and didn't tell you the rest of the story I'm sure you'd imagine me following in the family footsteps and setting sail on one hell of a career on or around the sea. Alas, this was not the case. Turns out, I admired the sea for its natural beauty, garnered an appreciation for the life of a fisherman but the family seafaring gene never translated to me. Sounds like a sad ending to a happy childhood?... Nope! Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In my childhood years I must have filled a book ten times over with drawings of boats alone, Occasionally I'd delight my father with a rendition of his boat, the Aquarius, which he would always keep in the top drawer of his dresser. However, the majority of these drawings were grandiose 'house boat' designs. They were nothing like the working boats you'd find in the harbor. Each boat design would have an elaborate layout of spaces that defied maritime architecture. Over time I understood that being surrounded on all four sides by water was a limiting factor to my creations. What I sought was something much more grounded.
In 1987 I began high school at Lincoln Academy. To my delight the school provided an outlet for exploring architecture. Unheard of in public schools, Lincoln Academy offered a series of architectural courses that proved useful in choosing a career path. Before long I knew exactly where I was headed in life and I began to draw and think critically about the built environment.
In the fall of 1991 I enrolled in the School of Architecture at Roger Williams University. As a five year professional program I was exposed to concepts in housing, community planning, civic buildings and historic preservation. In 1995, through RWU I enrolled in a study abroad semester at Wroxton College where the focus was solely on Architecture and Historic Preservation. As I studied architectural precedents and explored Great Britain I developed a deeper appreciation for the vernacular and timeless architecture found on the Coast of Maine. In 1996 I graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture and moved back to Maine.
I took my first job out of college with a local timberframe company in Midcoast Maine designing custom timber frame homes. It wasn't the high profile career in architecture that colleagues were tracking but it was a learning experience. Knowing nothing about traditionally joined timberframed construction I quickly absorbed the method of construction into my toolbox.
In 1999, I began my internship in Rockport, Maine. It was a step closer toward a more creative experience that introduced me to a wide range of waterfront residential projects in the Camden-Rockport region. I began a deliberate philosophical journey in architecture that would begin to shape my thinking about whether I was inclined to explore any particular style of residential architecture . In the process I realized through my experiences the importance of collaboration, listening to people, establishing a deeper connection with clients and realizing the importance of a precedent for every project . While working with some incredible clients I was able to achieve very meaningful and lasting professional relationships with each and every homeowner.
Like all things in life, every beginning has an ending that leaves us standing on one stepping stone looking at another along the path. In August 2005, and after much consideration, Precedent Designworks was born. It was born out of an understanding that that every client brings to the table a precedent that sets the course for any design. My very first project was one of the most detail challenging of my career. The precedent was the Wentworth Gardiner House in Portsmouth, NH and the new home was to be a replica of that house on the shore of the Back River in Boothbay, Maine. Traditional details that don't find themselves in houses of today were rediscovered and a deep appreciation for the Georgian Period in architecture was realized. Since then my biggest realization hasn't been the development of any particular architectural style as I thought would happen, rather a parade of homes that have all been different from one to the next. Precedent Designworks has offered me the opportunity to work with some very fine people from all over the country who have atleast two things in common....their love of good design and their desire to realize that in a home on the coast of Maine!