Wharf House

Location: Little Diamond Island

Architect: Van Dam Architecture

Photographer: Rob Karosis

Wharf House, by Wright-Ryan

Work with the tides when doing island construction.

Wright-Ryan Homes was called upon to build this island residence for the owner, her three children, and her six grand children because of our extensive experience with island work.


With a design theme like “Think Wharf,” this project was destined to be a delightful challenge. The residence is composed of three shingle cottages connected by a screened porch and a catwalk. The “wharf” theme continued with multilevel stairs and outdoor landings that feel like a boat dock.


All interior walls are finished with exposed pine; exposed beams, casement windows, and an exquisite fossil-studded stone countertop all contribute to the natural decor. The stone fireplace is a work of art with an enormous stone mantel—imagine the expertise needed to install it on this Maine island location!


The primary challenge came in working with the geography and complexities of island construction. The footprint of the three buildings covers over 140 feet and spans a ten-foot drop, requiring top-notch design, engineering, excavation and construction. Wright-Ryan Homes employed proven strategies to efficiently manage this island construction. Our methods adapted to the seasons, the tides, and the time of day.