Making the Most of the View

A second floor master bedroom addition to bring the outside in. The space is utilitarian with a whole bank of custom cabinetry and built in desk. The views from the two banks of windows that meet in the corner are expansive and fill the room with the beauty of the outside!

Affordable Housing

Paul attended the two day workshop hosted by PS21 in Portsmouth this January.

It was an amazing community turnout for this event and encouraging to see such interest in the very important topic of affordable housing. We must not only keep the conversations going, but take action! Check out our blog on Dwelling Alternatives…our effort to move forward in this area of great need.



Dwelling Alternatives

Dwelling Alternatives 

Living Solutions for a Transitional World

A subsidiary of Classic Building & Design Co.; Dwelling Alternatives intends to meet the changing needs and challenges of having a space to call your own. There is a huge population looking for Affordable, Sustainable, and Versatile living solutions. First time homeowners, those looking to simplify their life, those retiring, and the many displaced by the economic depression. We put together this concept of  dwellings conceived and constructed within an entirely new model, with alternative financing opportunities. This world is in transition, so much needs to be overhauled, including the fact that no one should be indebted to the big banks for 30 years paying three times the original cost of their home.

Alternative, non traditional, and reclaimed materials will be utilized. The dwelling units will be put together like a puzzle in a controlled shop space, saving as much as 30% in the efficiency of labor and material use. Units can be easily added on for expansion, as the need and budget allow. The designs will be unique to each clients’ requirements with many options. The dwellings can be partially or entirely off the grid. The outside spacial use and connection with the interiors will be a strong component with variations on growing spaces.

Give us a call and come explore the potential of an entirely progressive concept in living.

Some examples of alternative modular homes….

The Design and Build Out of a New Restaurant

“Anju” A Noodle Bar, is a Korean restaurant that has recently opened in Kittery Foreside. Classic Building & Design Co. along with our associate Kevin Beane was responsible for the unique, fresh design and build out of the space. The space was conceived with the simplicity of the clean, simple flavors of the food in mind. The food and the space are a flavorful complement to one another.

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10 Principles of Smart growth

GrowSmart Maine put together these 10 guidelines to thoughtful development. We think they are worth highlighting.

1) Mix land uses.

2) Take advantage of compact building design.

3) Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.

4) Create walkable neighborhoods.

5) Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

6) Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.

7) Stengthen and direct development towards existing communities.

8) Provide a variety of transportation choices.

9) Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective.

10) Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions.

If these guidelines inspire you…please be in touch with us. We are in the process of developing a design for homes of the future… for today. Homes with entirely usable interior spaces, to include the option of an attached greenhouse. Communities that nurture one another physically and spiritually. Sustainable in the use of energy, food development, and space. Homes offering areas that are communal and yet also thoughtfully take into account private realms. If you are considering building a home for the future now; join us and let’s be inspired together!

Refresh Your Space

What is the secret to creating a space in which you instantly feel welcomed and comfortable upon entering? Why has the “Not So BIg House” philosophy become so popular? The principles are the same. How to find balance within the visual language of proportion, color, light and the integration of the interior and exterior realms. Sometimes it is in the seemingly subtle design shifts that can have an immediate and profound effect on the feeling of the space.

We want to fill this design void with our offering of…

Refresh Your Space: Cost Effective Solutions to Your Design Dilemmas.

Welcome to Classic Building & Design’s New Blog!

Rolling Owl Stool Sage012LR

Introducing the Owl Stool collection by Geoffrey Warner Studio. Not just any stool! Not only is it beautifully handcrafted, but it is ergonomically designed. The secret is in the eyes! The holes you see in the Owl Stool are designed to relieve pressure on your ischial (sit) bones and cradle your pelvis in a way that supports optimal spinal alignment. An aesthetic balance has been struck between beautiful form and healthy spinal support. Classic Building & Design Co. is the seacoast representative for this innovative furniture line.

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Balance, proportion, harmony…the orchestration that is necessary to be one with your environment. All the principles of good design and successful construction. The beauty of being a design-build company is that the two are never separate from one another, and nothing is in the abstract. Practical understanding and application of a design, carefully conceived through many conversations with the client, is the balance that brings about a successful end project. Like the harmony of being in control, at an even speed with the wind through the water; a process of coming together as in the execution of a good design that is well constructed. Many factors must flow together such as open, consistent communication, budgetary tracking, informed design choices, time charting, orchestration of subcontractors and suppliers. It is a complicated process, that with proper guidance, creativity and trust, can be a wonderfully engaging experience, with amazing results. A finished space that fits your needs as it should!

Look for upcoming posts on our growing involvement in solar generated electricity for residential and small business customers!