This home, built in the 1970s, is in a lovely and desirable neighborhood built of thick, natural Butler stone and heavy timber beams. However great the “architectural bones,” the interiors were aging and in need of modern updates and increased natural light.
The kitchen has become the hub of family life, yet too often homeowners face the same reality as this client – a beautiful, historic home with an obsolete, cramped kitchen built for the needs of a bygone era.
This large pool house was designed to give the clients the feeling of being on vacation without ever leaving the backyard. Working in collaboration with the builder and homeowner, a location was identified in the existing beautifully landscaped gardens.
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 home from the 1970s got a bold new look with contemporary rooflines and interior spaces that deliver a living standard for the new century. The client required a master bedroom and outdoor space that could be accessed from the entry level, but the lot was very steep and a typical deck off the kitchen would have blocked light and views at the lower level bedrooms. To add to the challenge, the small buildable area left little space for a new garage and mudroom.
This project exemplifies balance. The design found a perfect synergy between today’s contemporary lifestyle (a large kitchen and family room and first floor master suite) and the “traditional Maryland home” requested by the client. The program was ambitious: construct a large main house, three-car garage, and a private two-bedroom guesthouse that could also function as a pool house and entertaining space.
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.