A lot of the work I do is very customized. A part of this project was to design a table for my client that fit into the breakfast nook corner of a kitchen addition I designed. I had all the dimensions of the space for the table already in cadd and knew all the millwork details since I designed them. The client gave me a list of some pendant light fixtures and chairs they were thinking of using. I needed to design a table that allowed the use of these chairs where the chair legs would not interfere with the table base. The table also had to be stable and not tip easy as can happen with some single pedestal bases.


My process was to draw the chairs in cadd and place them in front of the breakfast nook millwork to see what area I had to work with.


The breakfast nook is the far right of the elevation drawing below. I will post another blog about the island design and lighting.


Here are some table bases that I was considering…..

As you can see, I design everything from the table legs to the support stretchers. The drawings are detailed enough that they can be send to various millwork shops for pricing.

This sketch below was an early concept design of the overall kitchen. You can just see the breakfast nook table and chairs in this image. At the time of this sketch I did not know anything about the table or chairs. The focus of this sketch was the overall kitchen design. Notice the lack of pendant lights. That study came later.

This is what the finished kitchen with table that I designed looks like.

Here’s a close-up shot of my table design with one of the chairs that the client had selected. The table has a distressed paint finish with zinc top.





Under construction

Author: Travis Kinney

I have a couple projects under construction in Biddeford Pool right now. One is a major renovation along Mile Stretch road and another is new construction at end of Lester B Orcutt.


The Mile Stretch Road project was purchased by a client of mine who saw a great opportunity to save an old shingle style cottage. The renovations are extensive as most of the framing had to be replaced. At one time there had been a fire and a lot of the damage was just covered over and needed to be removed. The project includes an all new stairway up to an observation tower that can be seen in the sketches below.


Lakeside residence

Author: Travis Kinney

I was hired to design a house on a lake and our first inclination was to demo the existing house and build all new. The client and I made this decision in the dead of winter while sitting next door to the property with a perfect view of the house that would be removed. My client had not lived in the house for sometime and felt it might need to be demolished. It is not uncommon for a house to be demolished, not because portions of it are not worth saving, but because the labor cost to take bits and pieces of it apart will quickly approach the labor cost for building new. The tipping point to making this decision is a moving target and only comes into focus as the design is developed and the existing house looked at in more detail. Upon first blush it was thought that the existing house would require too much reworking so the cost would not make sense.

So I began to design a new house on the property taking into consideration all the Shoreland Zoning and Town Zoning requirements. The design was looking awesome, but alas, so was the cost to build it! Both the client and I loved the design but knew it was probably too nice for this particular site and would also be priced way above everything else in the neighborhood. We decided we needed to simplify the design and reduce cost. I tell clients, the best way to reduce cost is not to reduce square footage by hacking away at each space or make the decision (with the best intentions) to simplify future finishes, but rather to remove elements from the design entirely. But knowing we had a house sitting next door, another opportunity was to revisit the idea of using the old house. So we walked through it and I looked at the condition of the foundation and all the framing and was liking what I was seeing. The shape of the house with all it’s different building forms was promising. The more I looked at it the more I was convinced I could turn it into something great.

The previous design exercise was not a waste either. It allowed us to look at how the living spaces should be arranged and gave me the chance to understand what was most important to my client and gave them the opportunity to think about how they would like to live and use the new house.

Following is the original design for an all new house. The major renovation design sketches will be posted later and I am currently working on the exterior elevations and will post them sometime too.









sunroom and aerial sketch

Author: Travis Kinney

I was hired to help a client renovate a small sunroom at their house and also help create some marketing material for their property next door which they hope to sell.



after – sunroom with new framing, roof deck and large accordion style door.


before – large single glazed window panels that were at the end of their life span.

Biddeford Pool major renovations

Author: Travis Kinney

Here are some rough sketches for a renovation project in Biddeford Pool. I was hired to help renovate this great old beach cottage as it was at the end of it’s life and in need of some major updates. My client recently purchased it and I spent time photographing, measuring and creating as-built drawings of the structure. Demolition of the interior spaces and finishes are currently under way. It is always nice to find a place like this and to be surprised by what great shape it is in. There are just as many chances of place being in poor condition as good and you never truly know what shape it is in until you open up the walls and ceiling. I’ve been doing this long enough that I had a good feeling about the shape of the structure. Ironically, the worse section was the area that had the most recent renovation work and had been done poorly.


New England Living TV

Author: Travis Kinney

New England Living TV contacted me a few months ago about filming some of my work and asked if I had a client that might like having their house filmed. I chose my project in South Portland and the owners were receptive to the idea. The filming includes footage of local sights and requires a professional chef prepare a meal for the homeowners and their guests. I contacted the owner of Five-Fifty Five and he was delighted with the prospect and sent over three chefs for the filming.

Here is a LINK to the CBS show.


Travis Kinney & Parker Kelley