Architect Pamela Hedden is quite a residential architect who has overcome HUGE obstacles. By that we mean, recovering from a stroke paralyzing half of her body and decommissioning her from her architectural career for quite some time. For a decade Pamela Hedden designed dream homes for high-end clients until her world fell apart. Pamela suffered a stroke caused by an undetected birth defect. Subsequently, She went through extensive rehab to learn how to walk, talk, read, and draw again. She even lost some of her vision and half of her body remains paralyzed to this day. She even trained her left hand to draw as a substitute for her right. Even so, she took on new projects. She said that determination to do what she loves helped her overcome her physical limitation.
What inspires us is that she chose not to have too many pity parties for herself. For most, this might have destroyed their architectural career as well as their will, but for Pamela the incident has only propelled her career forward. She now creates even more beautiful designs than ever before as her portfolio continues to bulge with high-end work. It is not in many that we see this kind of drive for design, or to carry on dreams. She loves having a blank piece of paper, putting a house on it and making a dream come true for clients.
See her creation of this beautiful unassuming cape below. It sits on a wooded lot with a gently sloping trail down to a lake in Central Maine. The end result is a lovely, comfortable dream home. In the words of Pamela, “There are some homes that draw you in and hold you hard like a spell. Homes that beg to be lived in, photographed, and admired, as though you had always belonged. This is precisely the feeling I design into homes. ” Kudos to you Pamela! Your passion is inspiring.
The main floor has a very open feel with a porch wrapping around the entire back. The clients believe that Maine people don’t really use the front door, so they utilized this ‘area’ for a bath and installed a nicer window to compliment the exterior.
The three floor garage has a workshop below, a two car garage on the main level and a future apartment on the 2nd floor
Upstairs is the master suite with an outdoor deck and there are two other bedrooms with a full back in the walk-out basement.
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