Self-Sustaining, Seaside, and Splendid

The Ultimate Off-Grid Writer’s Cabin…


The Porter Cottage is located on the loveliest of sites in beautiful Maine, right along side the shore. With dense green trees as a backdrop, and the ocean in front, it’s challenging not to love this perfectly situated little cottage. If you’re not already in love, then let me tell you it’s also outfitted with solar panels to make it sustainable off grid.  And as for the interior, well, see for yourself!  Take a look at these photos and then tell us what you think on our Facebook Page! 


A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by Alex Porter for her father, the project features a shed roof and is wrapped in a distinctive blue-grey corrugated skin. Dwell recently profiled the home, which is the only solar-powered retreat on the isolated island – its sustainable power source actually makes life a lot more leisurely, as the family does not need to schlep in fuel to run a noisy generator. They didn’t give anything up, as they have all the conveniences of a regular home — but with a view you don’t get in an everyday residence. The house is situated on a tiny sleeve of rock tucked close to the water. The sturdy steel cladding was chosen for a good reason: the northern squall can be relentless. The cabin has a series of rolling storm panels that ward off the elements. Given the remote location of the property and the site’s lack of power, the design made careful use of all materials so that everything is spaced on 24-inch centers. Most of the finishing materials were sourced locally and floated in.

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