Phi Builders + Architects in the News

Our Community Involvement

May, 2023

Our commitment to the community is one of Phi’s core values. Here are a few organizations we supported recently, that do important work in our communities.

• Camden Garden Club in support of Camden’s iconic downtown lamppost’s summer hanging baskets and winter wreaths.

• The Apprenticeshop and their mission to revive traditional wooden boatbuilding. At its core, the Apprenticeshop is about inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea.

• Rockland Rotary Club in support of the Centennial “All-Aboard” Inclusive Playground Project.

• St. George School to help fund the construction of a K-8 Career Technical Education/ Makerspace Building behind the school.

• The Town of Rockport in support of their Inaugural Rockport Donut Festival. 


Courier-Gazette | Rockport Library holds belated Commemoration Ceremony

July 31, 2021

Volunteers, residents and community leaders celebrated new Rockport Library July 31.
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Home Builder Digest | The Best Custom Home Builders in Maine

As the name implies, building and architectural services go hand in hand in Phi Builders + Architects day-to-day operations. The firm is owned by business and management virtuosa Bettina Doulton with 30-year construction veteran Charlie Frattini holding down the fort in the general contracting department. Green building is one of the company’s strengths, constructing projects using reclaimed lumber and solar heating systems. The company also does custom cabinetry and furniture.
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The Lincoln County News | Damariscotta Restrooms Open Just in Time for July 4 Fireworks

July 7, 2021

The long-awaited public restrooms in downtown Damariscotta opened right on schedule and just in time for the Independence Day fireworks show in the municipal parking lot on Sunday, July 4.

The keys to the newly built structure were given to town officials by the contractor, Rockport-based Phi Builders + Architects, on Friday, July 2 and the restrooms were opened to the public the next day.  More at The Lincoln County News …


Maine Homes Magazine | Digs for Design Lovers


Maine Homes looks at top decorators who have been making their mark on Maine’s inns including
Whitehall, an 1834 Camden farmhouse turned seasonal inn, redesigned in 2015 by Rockport’s Phi Builders + ArchitectsMore at Maine Homes Magazine …


Courier-Gazette | Outdoor Pavilion Approved for Cellardoor Winery

April 2, 2021

The Lincolnville Planning Board approved a change that will allow construction of an outdoor pavilion at Cellardoor Winery. The pavilion is about 8,500 square feet in size, and open on all sides, according to Charlie Frattini of Phi Builders + Architects. More at Courier-Gazette …


Maine Home + Design | A Renovation Transforms a Camden Home into an Ideal Personal Sanctuary for its Owner

February, 2020

The owner of this home on Camden’s harbor, a hard-charging professional woman who owns her own thriving business, understands the need for replenishment. And no location has ever been more central to that process for her than her home. “I was living in Camden with a view of the harbor,” she says, “but it didn’t have that ‘safe haven’ feel I wanted. That’s where Phi Builders + Architects stepped in.
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WABI News CBS Channel 5 | Rockport Opens New Public Library Built by Phi Builders and Architects

Dec. 19, 2020

The Rockport Public Library is ready to begin a new chapter. The new building on Limerock Street went up where the original one was taken down. For the past 5 years, the Library operated out of a temporary location.

“We shoe horned a library into a warehouse, and it was not ideal, so the nice thing about this building, or one of the very nice things about this is that it was really thoughtfully designed to be a library.” More at WABI News CBS Channel 5 …


The Apprenticeshop | Spotlight on Rachel Davis, an apprentice alumna and current Vice Chair of the Apprenticeshop Board of Directors

Sept 12, 2020

Rachel is currently working for Phi Builders and Architects, sometimes on site as a carpenter but mostly in the shop building cabinets, furniture and architectural details. When we asked her what was valuable to her about her experience at The Apprenticeshop, she said … More at The Apprenticeshop


Courier-Gazette | Phi Builders + Architects Announces Newly Certified Designer, Kate Swayze

Sept 12, 2020

Phi Builders + Architects has announced that Kate Swayze has recently passed her exams to become a certified Interior Designer. According to the Council for Interior Design, an interior designer passing this exam is defined as “qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, interior designers have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code-compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental, and emotional needs of people.” More at Courier-Gazette …


Courier-Gazette | Phi Builders & Architects Welcomes New General Contracting Director, Charlie Frattini

January 14, 2019

Bettina Doulton, owner of Phi Builders & Architects, has announced that Charles “Charlie” Frattini has assumed the responsibilities of director of general contracting. He succeeds Rob Troxler and Will Power. A former Marine, Frattini brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial and residential construction in the New York City area to his new role. More at Courier-Gazette …


PenBay Pilot | Rockport Commits to Engaging Phi Builders as General Contractor for New Library

May 2, 2019

The Rockport Select Board unanimously approved motions made May 1 at meeting with Phi Builders and Architects to cement the town’s intention to sign a contract with that Rockport-based company to build the new municipal library in the same spot where the old library once existed. More at PenBay Pilot …


Georges River Land Trust Report | Phi Builders + Architects Designs Picnic Pavilion for the Georges River Land Trust

April, 2019

Picnic pavilion designed by Phi Builders + Architects is to be installed on the Bobolink Trail at Riverview Hayfields on the Georges River Land Trust.
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New England Living TV | The Philosophy of Phi Builders & Architects

March 12, 2018

Phi Builders & Architects started, quite literally, from the ground up. They began as a furniture and cabinetry making business and soon developed into a full-scale, “foundations to furniture” construction company, according to architect Chris Groton. The cabinet makers still work on site in Phi’s Rockport location, which bridges the gap between architects who have questions on design details and the team that will be building the product itself. More at New England Living TV … | Kennebec Montessori School Completes Expansion into New Wing

March 9, 2018

The new space was designed by Phi Architects of Rockport, and built by Nichols Construction of Bangor.
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New England Living | Cover Story: Camden Kitchen by Phi Builders + Architects

September, 2017

Cover story kitchen by Phi Builders + Architects also featured in the Camden, Maine episode of New England Living TV.
More at New England Living … | Maine’s Oldest Montessori School Breaks Ground on New Wing Designed by Phi Builders + Architects

August 24, 2017

Construction is officially underway for a 3,500-square-foot addition to the state’s oldest Montessori school. With representatives from Sen. Angus King, Sen Susan Collins and Rep. Bruce Poliquin in attendance, students at the school officially broke ground at the school at noon Thursday.
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Maine Home + Design | Back to Natural: A couple embraces decorative history with a light-filled arts and crafts-style home on the Midcoast.

July, 2017

The living area of this Saint George peninsula home, designed and built by Phi Builders and Architects, faces west so that the homeowners can watch the sun set out its expansive windows.
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Maine Home + Design | Bright-Minded Home: HRV and ERV Systems

July, 2017

Q+A with Rob Troxler of Phi Builders and Architects on the eco-benefits of HRV and ERV systems.
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Maine Home + Design | Taking up the Mantle: In Northport, a daughter preserves–and puts her own stamp on—a storied family property

October, 2016

If Lord Grantham and his clan had rusticated in Maine, they would have felt at home on Daniel and Josephine Wing’s Northport property. The prominent Boston banker and his wife purchased their 60-acre plot overlooking Saturday Cove in the 1890s and proceeded to build a sweeping seven-bedroom home there, along with separate “children’s house,” dining hall with an attached caretaker’s cottage, guest cottage, and boathouse.
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Maine Home + Design | Flexibility in Design

September, 2016

Architect Christopher Grotton of Phi Builders and Architects on the need for spaces that can grow and adapt along with their occupants.
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Courier-Gazette | Phi Home Designs changes name to Phi Builders + Architects

October 24, 2016

Phi Home Designs announced that the company will change its name to Phi Builders + Architects, a move that reflects the evolution of the growing design/build company. The new name helps better convey who we are as a company and our dedication to be the right choice for our clients and industry partners. “Making a change like this signals a new phase for Phi,” said owner Bettina Doulton.
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Bangor Daily News | Home Builders Blitz to Benefit Midcoast Families

May 30, 2016

Two more families will benefit when local builders volunteer their time in early June to help construct two new homes. In Rockland, Cold Mountain Builders, Phi Home Designs, subcontractors and suppliers will work with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to build the two single-family homes.More at Bangor Daily News…


Maine Home + Design | Happy House

July, 2015

At first, the woman who commissioned this contemporary farmhouse in Camden had only a general idea of her hopes for her house. She was pregnant, so she knew she wanted a good family place, something that would work for a child from infancy on. She wanted three bedrooms, a great room, lots of light, and lots of windows.
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Maine Magazine and The Treehouse Institute | Maine Live with Bettina DoultonE

September 24, 2015

Maine Live talk at Portland Museum of Art with Bettina Doulton, owner of Cellardoor Winery and Phi Home Designs.
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More at Portland Press Herald | Cellardoor Winery to open large tasting room, event space at Thompson’s Point

January 31, 2015

Cellardoor Winery of Lincolnville is planning to open a 5,000-square-foot tasting room at Thompson’s Point in Portland next spring.The satellite location will be known as Cellardoor at the Point and will host wine tastings, dinners, cooking classes, food-and-wine pairings and other special events.
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PenBay Pilot | Under New Ownership, Camden’s Whitehall Inn Gets Major Facelift

December 11, 2014

With help from Phi Home Designs and North Atlantic Painting Company, the 113-year-old Whitehall Inn is undergoing a $1.7 million cosmetic lift, and its new owners are looking forward to reopening the doors, as well as a new restaurant there, by May 2015.
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Maine Home + Design | The New Pioneers

September, 2008

Along the Maine coast, the summer offerings within view of the ocean are plentiful. But sometimes, the most satisfying adventures in life require us to step off the beaten path.

Just six miles from Camden’s Main Street, down a rolling road that edges Megunticook Lake, is a surprising swath of land that is both classic Maine and decidedly foreign: a sixty-eight-acre farm, the last completely intact land grant in Waldo County, that has been given over to the operations of Cellardoor Winery & Vineyard and the enterprise of grape growing.
More at Maine Home + Design …