A Brief History

An alteration to a residence built in 1880, the house was originally a tenant farmer's quarters for a nearby resort hotel on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Over the years, several additions and alterations were added which destroyed the integrity of the original central four fireplace, four room plan. The client's program requirements consisted of several changes which would enlarge the existing Kitchen, add an adjoining "Florida" Sun Room, reorient the focus of the new, enlarged Living Room with a new "Rumford" fireplace and add a new Entry Vestibule to provide an airlock entry space for the house.

Budgetary limitations dictated that the details necessary to maintain the traditional tone of the house should be done as economically as possible. 

"The doorway treatment, with its half-round window atop a multi paned glass door, immediately attracts the eye. Flanking panes lend the look of a Palladian window to the vestibule. The half columns on each side of the vestibule look complicated but were made by layering standard dimension lumber; no special millwork was required. The roof trim above the entryway is bordered with 1x2s. The result reflects a clean-lined contemporary approach to traditional style ornamentation".

"Although the vestibule is the most eye catching aspect of the renovation, other details were thought out with equal care. Cedar shingles on a new addition on the right side of the house were patterned to harmonize with the original shingles. White painted shutters compliment the detailing of the new vestibule. As a softening influence on the geometric front, a herringbone-pattern brick walk leads to the semicircular front step".

- Traditional Home Magazine