Maine Escape DAY 0.3 – Schedule and Final Design

Maine Escape DAY 0.3

DAY 0.3 – Schedule and Final Design

PREVIOUSLY – Maine Escape

There is no such thing as a one-and-done design. When managing the expectations of the client with the artistry and functionality of a design it’s important to take it in steps (sometimes baby steps). Last blog Liz made a model of the Maine Escape with Room Sketcher®. This model became the visualization for our 1st version of the Design Proposal (v1). Now it’s time to get feedback from Ray & Nancy and make refinements to that proposal in order to get a finalized design. Many times specific design questions don’t have clear answers or rather can’t be answered clearly by your clients. There is a lot of feelings in a home and it takes time to understand those feelings. Time to be able to express them. The design process shouldn’t feel rushed. It should make everyone feel comfortable. Establishing a clearly defined process with a client is an important step to achieving the level of comfort necessary to have clear expression. That isn’t to say there shouldn’t be some constraints on the process.

SCHEDULE – Maine Escape

Deadlines are important to keeping on track and on schedule. The balance between client comfort and a project schedule is a constantly changing one. Start off by setting goals and roughing in a schedule of milestones, then follow up, refine, and constantly communicate.

We began with a simple shared Google Calendar and put in a rough outline of what needed to get done and where. Nobody can see the future but having milestones written down and scheduled will give you the insight you need to get started.

Maine Escape DAY 0.3
Maine Escape – February Calendar

The most important part of having a calendar set up for us was knowing when Ray & Nancy were going to be onsite and relaying to them what we needed to see or get more information for.

INSPIRATION – Maine Escape

The best designs stand out while highlighting their surroundings. There is a process to putting a design together and getting inspired is key. We’ve learned a lot about the style of the Maine Escape house through pictures and video so far. There is a distinct style in play with all the wood on wood. Our goal is to build upon that style while provided some nice accents that can accentuate the existing style without feeling out of place.

Liz took to the web to find some furnishings that she felt matched the existing look and feel of the cabin.

These inspiration photos were emailed over to Ray & Nancy to get feedback on what they liked. We’ve had great success with including our design process with clients. It shows the amount of research that goes into what you’re putting together for them and gives you feedback which way to take the design.


In order to get a finalized design, we need to finalize the renovation wish list and turn it into a set punch list. Conversing regularly with Ray & Nancy over the phone and through email over the course of 2 months got us to the following list. Once finalized this will become our renovation bible. There are bound to be some needed modifications and different interpretations along the way, but by taking this document and setting it as our definitive go-to list, we will get a solid foundation upon which to build the budget.

Finalized Wish List


  1. Finish Bunk Room–ceiling, walls, floor, lighting, shelves by bunks for lights
  2. Screen door to the outside
  3. Finish bathroom, walls, plumbing, lighting, tile, washer/dryer, back room storage, etc.


  1. Install sink, stove, microwave, build blind wall next to fridge, extend wall
  2. 8″ by buffet, build shelving system in the closet under stairs (pantry)
  3. Next to fridge– take out door (to be used in the garage) install full view door in place of it.

Living room

  1. corner pine shelve for the Bose radio
  2. Sconces by the fireplace
  3. install air conditioner


  1. Build Clothes closet
  2. Build shelves for baskets
  3. install air conditioner

‘Three Season Porch’ (to be winterized)

  1. Build coat closet with bench beside it
  2. Install gas fireplace/heater with tile floor
  3. shelve for T.V
  4. shelves for baskets


  1. Build fence surround for gas storage tank
  2. Barn/Garage
  3. Install garage door and automatic garage door opener/plus door frame
  4. replace side door entrance and door frame
  5. Above Garage door faux door cross buck design
  6. frame windows plus corner boards on the building
  7. Paint garage exterior and trim
  8. Stairs to the loft (what can be done?)

NOTE: If any time is left Ray needs a railing (made of pipes) to get down the hill to the beach. You will see the railing the builder put to the entrance to our front door.


I mentioned that the design process is a process and that we go into every project with the expectation of having multiple revisions. Like documenting and sharing the inspiration process, having an open and clear expectation with a client over how many versions of a design we usually go through, sets a comfort level and goal. We’ve single-handedly let them know we fully expect to make revisions and alterations to the design with their input and that the number of revision we usually go through, which prevents the expectation of endless design updates.

Basement Evolution

The biggest evolution in the basement design is seen in the bathroom. Because the basement is below grade a pump station needs to be installed to lift the waste water up and into the existing sewer line. This requires a space to house the pump station and also manage the existing water distribution. Where the shower was suggested to go, has to become a utility room moving the toilet and shower in front of the window but I’ve got an idea for some glass block placement that will still allow natural light into the rest of the room.


1st Floor Evolution

The design evolution on the 1st Floor was mostly in the Porch where we moved away from the wall of window seats and incorporated Ray & Nancy’s desire for a TV room. Liz moved the wardrobe next to the door and designed window shelves to go above the couch and wrap around the room. This provides storage which we are suggesting makes use of baskets to keep it neat and out-of-the-way.

2nd Floor Evolution

On the 2nd Floor the design evolution moved the bed away from the windows turning it sideways and putting a door on the outside of the closet. The angle of the roof won’t allow a full size door to open from the bathroom and Ray & Nancy wanted someone to be able to use the bathroom and access the closet at the same time.


It took just over 2 months to get to our final design proposal and 5 revisions. Taking the time and energy to communicate our process and get constant feedback from Ray & Nancy meant we felt comfortable calling the design portion of this project done.

Design Proposal v5

Maine Escape Design Proposal
Design Proposal v5 pages 1-4
Maine Escape Design Proposal
Design Proposal v5 pages 5-9
Maine Escape Design Proposal
Design Proposal v5 pages 10-12
Maine Escape Design Proposal
Design Proposal v5 pages 13-15

With an approved Design and established Punch-list under our belts it’s time to move on to complete the Drafting for the Maine Escape plan set. We’ll also begin the meticulous budgeting process and start putting together our contractor list. Next blog is all about CADing and we get some video of the inside of the Barn.

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