Some architects might have taken one look at the uneven ground and thought, “This is no place for a summer home.” But when GO Logic saw the remote site on the lobster-fishing island of Vinalhaven, Maine, they saw a possibility. Taking advantage of the sloping terrain, the architects built a series of tiny cabins, each elevated on wooden platforms and connected by walkways. A living room and kitchen are inside the main cabin, while two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are tucked inside the other two buildings. The size of the three cabins is just 890 square feet altogether.
A trio of summer cabins take advantage of rocky terrain
Since the cabins are located on a small lobster fishing island about 24-kilometers off shore from Rockland, Maine, architecture firm GO Logic called this project Little House on the Ferry. Adjacent to a defunct quarry, the cabins are peacefully isolated from the rest of the town.
The main living room has a small seating area and a gorgeous Preway fireplace that’s lit during those cool east coast nights. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and horizontal windows bring the vibrant outdoors inside. The flooring, exterior walls and roofs of each cabin are made of black spruce that was produced in Quebec.
Opposite the living room is a small dining area and kitchen. We love the giant, matte-white shark hanging over the kitchen, a playful nod to the nearby ocean. Weaved baskets underneath a rustic bench is the perfect spot to hide extra kitchenwares.
In this bedroom cabin, the palette is serene and neutral, a nice contrast to the lush greenery outside. A sheepskin throw on a chair is a cozy touch, while a closet on the other side of the room offers much needed storage space.
Each of the cabins are connected by boardwalk-style platforms. This far cabin is perfect for guests. If you’re worried about privacy, don’t fear. The floor-to-ceiling window and glass sliding doors can be covered with opaque drapes.
We love the location of these cabins. Close enough to the ocean and town, but far enough away that you’ll feel like you’re on own personal island. Our only concern? Running from the main cabin to the sleeping quarters in a heavy rainfall!