What many historic homes have in architectural character they often lack in flow between rooms. Like many other older homes, this historic stone house featured a kitchen intended for life with servants, not life with a modern family.
This beautiful and traditional home is built into a steep and heavily wooded slope. The interior, while having the wonderful and solid feeling of an older home, was quite dark. After evaluating several options to add a family room adjacent to the client’s kitchen, the best solution emerged, one that would take advantage of the beautiful woodland views at the rear of the house and bring abundant and much needed natural light inside.
This corner lot in a historic neighborhood with strict design controls left little room for the expansion the client required, which included an enlarged kitchen with room for comfortable seating, a breakfast room, mudroom and a new pool house, as well as a shaded sitting area adjacent to the pool.
Placing a detached, six-car garage in a densely populated, historic neighborhood in Baltimore City is a feat of creative thinking. To keep the structure to an appropriate scale for the site (and within the city’s 20-foot height restriction), the design breaks the needs of such a large garage into small pieces. The steep pitch of the roof and the materials complement those of the home, a beautiful stucco, stone and slate design by renowned architects Edwin Palmer and William Lamdin.
Sometimes the best answer to a client’s need is the simplest one. A client in the historic Homeland neighborhood with very little room for expansion needed a larger, modernized kitchen and breakfast area, as well as help stopping the seeping of water into the basement from an uncovered exterior stairwell. The answer to this need was not a large, flashy addition.