Boston Globe Magazine Feature
On the coast of Maine, designing a casual, livable place to retire
June, 2019. Written by Marni Elyse Katz. Photos by Erin Little.
Built in the 1950s as a seasonal camp and expanded in the 1970s, this property on a coveted spit of land where the Nonesuch River meets the Atlantic Ocean passed through generations of the same family. The current owners, Traci and Scott Giles, had lived in town for 25 years and knew the place well from countless walks along the Scarborough, Maine, beach with kids and dogs in tow. They could hardly believe it when an e-mail announcing that the home was for sale landed in their in-box. The couple, now empty nesters, recognized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a year-round residence where they could retire.
Interior designer Tyler Karu, who had once lived on the very same beach, also saw the listing. “I thought how much I’d love to work on it, not imagining in a million years that I would,” she recalls. A month later, builder Josh Sevigny invited her to join the design team, which included architect Kevin Browne and, later, Browne’s associate Bonnie Wedster.