April 11, 2010

Open House: Go with the flow

That's what Scott Plummer decided he wanted to do when he designed his open – really open – concept house in Casco.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The one long first floor encompasses a variety of living spaces.

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The bedroom, at the far end of the approximately 60-foot-long first floor

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"You can see where it got all scratched up from people running their rings along it," said Plummer. "But I buffed it to the point where they are not that visible. It gives it character."

Not to mention a reduced price for Plummer.

Plummer got much of his furniture for little or no cost. He picked up two very cool Art Deco-looking chairs, with rounded arms, for free because the upholstery was in tatters. He had them re-upholstered with car fabric, because he likes the look and finds it more durable and easy to clean. He has several other pieces done in auto upholstery as well.

The interior of the home is painted a light shade of gray called "rock candy" that is very easy on the eye. Besides the natural light, all the lighting in the house is soft and meant to light small spaces. There are no glaring overhead lights, but there are two shiny silver ceiling fans, which look vaguely like aircraft propellers, to draw one's eye up high.

One of the light fixtures in the kitchen is a light and shade suspended by a refrigerator coil, which still has some very pronounced kinks. It looks a little like a sculpture because of that. Most of the lights are on dimmers. The double-celluloid shades on the windows let in some light when closed, but are great at keeping heat in.

In the basement, which has a lot of natural light thanks to a bank of eight windows grouped together, Plummer has a small office space. He's using that space to study for his Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, and hopes to find a job at a nursing facility, where he can help people.

Over the years, Plummer has often traveled to take part in disaster relief efforts, specifically the clean-up after a tornado. He finds out who is heading relief efforts, calls, and then flies out to where the help is needed.

"The spirit of the people in places like that is incredible," said Plummer, who says that sometimes he feels guilty about having such a large house all to himself. "I get so much out of working with those people."


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The only visible interior wall in Plummer’s home is the one that shields the bathroom from prying eyes. Plummer knows the house he designed is not for everyone. But he hopes that if he ever tries to sell it, he’ll find at least a few like-minded buyers out there who also value open space.

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An attractive sitting area is awash in light thanks to a bank of windows.

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Scott Plummer designed this home in South Casco to suit his personal aesthetic. The exterior, gives a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright, one of Plummer’s heroes.

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Scott Plummer, who designed his own sleek home in South Casco, drew some inspiration from the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The low profile of the roofline, the banks of windows, and the little curved metal eyebrow at one end of the house are nods to Wright.

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