Press

Magazines and books in which we have appeared.

AIA Maine News
Renovation Windswept
By Robert Knight, 5/2011

We are doing a lot of renovation work these days—well not a lot, nobody that I know is doing a lot of anything if they are residential architects. But if you have work, it’s probably renovations. Renovations interest me because I am joining something that is already happen- ing, and may have been happening for a long time—so while there is room to insert new ideas, I should be singing along with the melody of the existing building, and it’s fun to try and learn that melody.
Read the article.

Maine Home +Design
The Best Laid Plans
Edited by Susan Grisanti, December 2012 

The existing camp was quite charming on the inside but kind of dull on the outside, and it could not be upgraded to a year-round home because it had been built for summer use only and had no real foundation. Because the site was extremely restricted, the local planning board allowed the owners to build a new house on the existing footprint, even though that footprint was close to the water. While expanding the house by the allowed 30 percent, the architects attempted to keep the intimate cottage-sized scale of the original building. They also worked to maximize the west-facing views over the bay that make the site so spectacular. Read the article.

Fine Homebuilding
Did Starting Small Work Out?
By Robert Knight, Spring/Summer 2011

In the late 1990s, my firm designed two projects that tackled the problem of how to start using your land when you’re not ready to spend the money for your dream house. This story is about how one of them, the little Greek-revival farmhouse that was phase 1 of a larger home, worked out. Read the article.




Maine Home and Design
The Sun and the Site
Edited by Rebecca Falzano
May 2010

Q: What direction did the homeowners give you, and how did the mental image form?
A: In the case of this house, except to say that they wanted the house to fit in, the homeowners hadn’t given me much direction beyond practical issues. They wanted to see what I would come up with. So, I sat down in a plastic chair they had left in the field and started putting myself on the site at different times of the day, seeing how I would like to move around, what I would be looking at, what would be next to what, and where I would be as I moved throughout the day.

Read the article.

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors
Easier on the Planet
By Robert Knight, Photographs by Robert Perron
February/March 2010 Issue 108

These five houses (all designed by my firm and built within the last few years) typify the various aspects that people seem to want from their homes these days- including to be easier on the planet while getting more for their money. At the core of these Maine homes is one simple fact: their owners love being in them, and long to come back to them after time away. Read the article.

Fine Homebuilding
Great Ideas
By Robert Knight, 2012

Fitting the required amenities into a small bathroom can be a big design challenge. With limited wall space, windows and the valuable daylight and views they provide can easily find their way out of a design in favor of more functionally valuable items such as linen closets, showers, and vanity mirrors. Read the article.




Creating the Not So Big House
Insights and Ideas for the New American Home
by Sarah Susanka
October 2000

Knight Associates is one of several firms featured in this book, which details the creation and thought process behind building small houses.Click here to go to the Not So Big House Web site.

Portland Magazine – Winterguide 2007
Lucia’s Luscious Little Landmarks
by Kyo Bannai

Tired of seeing McMansions invading our woods and fields? Do you love classic, efficient, smart design but fear the price of an architect or loss of control in creating one of the most personal investments you’ll make? Read the article.

A House on the Water
Inspirations for Living at the Water’s Edge
by Robert Knight
October 2003

Living in a house on the water is an almost universal desire. People are naturally drawn to the water — both for recreation and relaxation — and sites on the water sell quickly.

A House on the Water is in bookstores now; click here to order onlinesee samples here. To read the introduction to the book, click here.




Fine Homebuilding
The House in Alice’s Field
by Robert Knight
Summer 1997

So we have this wonderful hay field rimmed with old oak trees that slides down onto a peninsula in the Bagaduce River about halfway up the Maine coast. And the house needs to exploit it and live up to it, to be as wonderful as the site so that we enhance this place rather than detract from it.

Fine Homebuilding
Building Smaller, for Now


The September 2001 issue of Fine Home Building features an article writen by Robert Knight on building homes which can later be expanded. Titled “Building Smaller, for Now”, the article is on page 88, and features two of our recent homes.The article will also be reprinted in a book entitled “Small Homes” that Taunton is releasing in the Spring of 2003.

Fine Homebuilding – Houses
A contract that makes everybody happy
by Robert Knight
Summer 2006

In terms of making clients happy, the most important events in a custom residential project are picking a builder and structuring a contract. Read the article.




How Big is a Square Foot?
(Click here to read)
By Robert Knight

This article originaly appeared in Fine HomeBuilding Magazine. This modified version includes a spread sheet of house costs.

Architectural Digest
In the Shingle Style 
by Mildred F. Schmertz
August 1998

It is not every day that an architect is asked to design a brand-new Shingle Style house that is to possess an authentic, late-nineteenth-century look combined with twentieth-century livability.

The Cabin
by Dale Mulfinger & Susan Davis

One of our houses is featured in the “The Cabin” from Taunton Press, by Dale Mulfinger & Susan Davis. The feature on our house is entitled “An Interim Strategy” and begins on page 184.




Construction Cost Estimator – Download zipped Excel file here
By Robert Knight and Bill Pryor

An excel file that can generate a cost estimate similar to the one described in “How Big is a Square Foot?“.
Down East Magazine
My Life as a Client
by Robert Knight
February 1994

I live in an old house myself, a 200-year-old farmhouse in Blue Hill, where I have been a practicing architect for seventeen years. And although I didn’t design the house from the ground up, my wife and I did decide two years ago to renovate it completely, stripping it right down to the shell, to solve the problems we had lived with for fifteen years.


 


We have also appeared in Remodeling Magazine, Harrowsmith, Woman’s Day, and Maine Boats and Harbors.