The four levels of this amazing house define the different functions and are layered together to form a masterful interior volume filled with light from various sources-windows carefully placed for views and privacy, corner windows for panoramic views, transoms and skylights to bring light further into the interior. The deep urban lot dictated a rectangular arrangement perpendicular to the street but the architects cleverly cut into the form to create a deck at the rear off the kitchen-dining-living open plan and stepped back the foyer from the front loading garage to enhance the approach to the house.
The massing adds great appeal, starting with the garage; the paneled craftsman garage door with high windows is flanked by stone piers topped with white columns that support a deep eave overhang. Projecting into the overhang above is a gable with a bay window, accent window on both sides and a shed dormer. Behind the garage wing is a two story gable detailed with a balcony supported by stone piers and wood columns to match the piers of the garage. Stone steps lead up to the front door with sidelights and transom underneath the balcony above. The top part of the railing introduces a square motif that is found throughout the house. Behind the balcony, a single French door flanked by windows and a window just below the peak of the gable roof enhance the façade. I loved the detailing of the crisp white trim, corner boards and fascia and the two toned cladding of the taupe base lap siding with russet colored shake siding above. Above the bay window over the garage is a plaque featuring an Eastern Shore lighthouse and the house number.
The rear elevation is equally pleasing with its outdoor rooms of partially covered deck and steps that meander down to the hot tub and pergola on the patio overlooking the landscaped yard with mature trees and Japanese maples. Since the main level is high above grade, partial-height doors into the crawl space provide storage for lawn and garden equipment, toys, etc.
The front door opens to a vista of the great room beyond with the vertical wood slat screen balustrade extending to the ceiling above. The living area is separated from the dining area by a partial height wall with supports at each end under the beam that becomes a coffered ceiling. The dining room’s hutch/bar with high upper cabinets align with opposite wall’s transom windows that separates this room from the kitchen. The wall below the dining room transoms is painted an accent color that accentuates the transoms.
The galley kitchen is simply stunning. A row of transom windows tucked under the ceiling spans the entire side wall with accent windows and translucent upper cabinets below. The color palette of light wood flooring, cherry cabinets, light colored solid surface countertops; the large center island with cooktop, bar stools and the corner breakfast banquette create a tableau ready for a magazine cover.
The focal point of the living area with its taupe walls and white trim is the fireplace flanked by partial-height built-ins with windows above. Windows at the rear wall overlooking the yard and side windows overlooking the deck fill the space with sunlight throughout the day.
The upper levels of the house have equally appealing interior architecture. The Upper Level One contains the bedrooms and the loft with the balcony at the front of the house. The cozy loft with a pitched ceiling is a wonderful sitting room for the bedrooms. One could easily covet the master suite-the bedroom has a pitched ceiling, French door to its private deck, corner windows for panoramic views and a serene color palette with accents of warm red. The master bath detailing is a delightful surprise-white fixtures, dark gray flooring, high chair rail with a pebble mosaic wall finish below for fabulous texture and windows above the high chair rail for privacy.
The den on the front section of Upper Level Two has a long window seat under the triple window that projects over the garage eave below and two side windows for daylight. Upper Level Three has a large recreation room and is open to the stair landing below.
Fantastic architecture and interior design-bravo to the owners and their design team!
For more information about this property, contact Andy Schweigman with Douglas Realty at 410-255-3690 (o), 443-791-6995(c) or email@example.com. For more photographs and pricing, visit www.godouglasreralty.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.
Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.
Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.