Launch Slideshow

Tidewater Tradition

Tidewater Tradition

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/A_tcm48-861770.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The restored waterfront façade with the addition on the right.

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/B_tcm48-861771.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The new kitchen, with a view of the pantry connector and original dining room beyond.

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/C_tcm48-861772.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The new breakfast area in the kitchen is surrounded by windows.

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/D_tcm48-861773.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    Traditional details and fittings in the kitchen echo the era of the main 1784 house, including reproduction lighting fixtures by Rejuvenation (www.rejuvenation.com).

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/E_tcm48-861774.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The kitchen has traditional custom cabinetry with wide molding and wainscoting on the walls.

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/F_tcm48-861775.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The kitchen and mudroom entry porch.

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/G_tcm48-861776.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The addition with the mudroom entry porch on the right.

  • http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/H_tcm48-861777.jpg

    true

    600

    Erik Kvalsvik

    The waterfront side of the house with the breakfast room bay and the twin porches in the background.

Priorities

  • Remove additions that are out of character with the 1784 house and restore the original structure; construct new additions and capture water views

Solutions

Architect Stephen Muse’s design to restore this 1784 Eastern Shore plantation house included removing several porches and recent additions, and replicating twin porches on the drive side of the house on the waterfront facade.

A one-story hyphen that contains a pantry connects the existing house with a 500-square-foot addition that includes a new kitchen and breakfast room. The breakfast room bay resembles an enclosed porch and provides the owners with a view of Hungar’s Creek.

Judges’ comments

The judges appreciated that the simple, elegant addition doesn’t overwhelm the existing house. In fact, the addition is set apart from the house and doesn’t completely blend with it. One judge commented that this is a refreshingly different approach to historically sensitive renovation. —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Waterworks

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Waterworks; Kohler

Countertops: Pietra Cardosa

Dishwasher: KitchenAid

Garage doors: Designer Doors

Lighting fixtures: Rejuvenation

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore

Range: Wolf

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Windows: Marvin