Crownsville, MD

Designed for an active, still working-full-time, pair of empty nesters, this home overlooks Little Round Bay, an idyllic deep-water cove 6 ½ miles up the Severn River from Annapolis, MD. The couple, very informal, entertain a great deal hosting small dinner parties most weekends and large family gathering 3 – 4 times a year. The home was designed to accommodate this varied program.

Conceived of as a modern cabin with a simple, and in some ways rustic, palette– aging cedar siding, fir posts and beams and wide plank stained pine floors – the house is a simple assembly of boxes that takes advantage of the site & view, and supports the informal gatherings while maintaining myriad levels of privacy – 2 home offices; master, guest and visiting children bedrooms. The primary public spaces – entry, living, dining and kitchen – are on the 2nd floor along along with the library/home office. On the lower floor are guest bedrooms, another office that overlooks the bay & garden and TV/playroom. The 3rd level houses the master suite. Capping the design, a roof deck, with great views of the bay, provides an outdoor dining area /vegetable garden, with ample sunlight and protected from foraging deer.