Merle Thorpe Architects

A Waterman's Cottage

This project is an example of a renovation that allows the property’s greatest asset – its proximity to water on three sides – to take precedence in defining the building design. Before the renovation, the only advantage of a preexisting, 1960s-era rambler was its location within 100 feet of the Chesapeake Bay’s protected shoreline buffer zone. The clients wanted to preserve the original house footprint, but live in a house that resonated with the vernacular traditions of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They also wanted a house that was easy to maintain and hospitable to their casual family lifestyle. The final design satisfied these requirements. It has its roots in the style of a traditional waterman’s cottage, which is prevalent throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.




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