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John Cole Architect specializes in the design of vacation and retirement homes, primarily in western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. These custom homes all start with the owners' attachment to a place and the dream of a more relaxed life-style. My goal is to give form to the dream. Early in my architectural career I designed homes for custom builders. As a partner in a large Boston area firm I continued to design homes for friends and word-of-mouth clients, as well as leading teams on award-winning commercial projects. Drawn back to my roots by the satisfaction of hands-on work, I now focus on home design inspired by New England traditions of craft, thrift and whimsy. I offer complete design-build services in association with MWV Homes, the region's premier high performance builder. This collaboration provides the owner with information on pricing, technical details and supply issues early in the design process which can shorten the overall project schedule and avoid costly design changes. In addition, the owner has the advantage of a single point of responsibility for both the design and construction of their home.. My first home building experience came at the side of my father, a frugal Yankee carpenter. My training in design came later at Yale, Washington University and the School of Wood Sculpture in Quebec. In between was a brief hockey career in Europe.

Services Provided

Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Barn Design & Construction, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Multigenerational Homes, Sustainable Design, Custom Home, 3D Home Design

Areas Served

Albany, Brownfield, Center Conway, Chatham, Conway, Denmark, Fryeburg, Intervale, Lovell, Madison, North Conway, Stow, western Maine, coastal Maine, Mount Washington Valley NH


LEED AP, Licensed Architect in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.. Work published in Down East, Builder, Lake Living, Maine Home + Design and Fine Homebuilding. Best of Houzz Award Winner: Client Satisfaction and Design


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Business Name

John Cole Architect

Phone Number

(207) 739-9916


14 Tres Court
Fryeburg, ME 04037

License Number

MA 5260, ME 2888, NH 3095


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