Historic preservation and restoration can be an unpredictable ride. This 1800s home is in a historic district in Annapolis, Maryland, and adding a charming front porch was at first deemed a no-go. But the architects found old photos of the home that proved that its original porch had been removed, and today a replication adds historic charm to the facade.
Because the home was in a state of disrepair, the renovations were major. Still, the exterior of the home maintains the style and charm of the original. Inside, the homeowners helped guide the gut renovation in a way that suited their lifestyle and lends a sense of age.
The roofs on the new porch and the house are standing-seam metal. The builders tried to preserve the existing front door, but it was drafty, broken and had old lead paint on it, so they had it replicated. Era-appropriate porch columns, a lantern with antique style and wrought iron handrails all respect the history of the home and neighborhood.
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Inside, engineered 10-inch whitewashed walnut floors and a beautiful staircase grace the entry. The handrail is wood painted to resemble aged brass, while the railings are hand-hammered metal. The ceiling beams are reclaimed and add a sense of age to the home throughout the first floor.
The open plan on the first floor has a more modern feel that takes advantage of the sea views. The dining area is just visible on the left and the living room is at the right.
The area behind the carved wooden doors was originally set to be a porch, but the owners opted to keep it as part of the main living space. The screens provide a sense of separation from the more formal living area in the foreground, while wraparound windows maintain the porch feel.
The fireplace surround is Venetian plaster. A nautical painting ties the interior to the views outside.
Space was made for a dining area by using an upholstered banquette to save room. The banquette adds a soft touch and contrasts with the contemporary ghost chairs. The mirrored wall makes the room feel bigger and reflects the fireplace wall.
“The homeowner wanted the stone wall to look like it had been unearthed as part of the original home,” says David Carlisle, owner of Bayview Builders. It’s actually a natural stone veneer, and it extends all the way along this wall on the first floor and up on the second floor to keep the illusion going. A beautiful Lacanche range also has a traditional look. Concrete countertops add a contemporary contrast.
An expansive pot rack holds an array of copper cookware. The island has a waterfall concrete countertop.
Here we get a peek into the adjacent butler’s pantry, which is tucked away but announces itself with cheerful turquoise paint.
The glossy turquoise extends across the ceiling of the pantry, which has its own festive bar ambiance. As you can see, the stone veneer continues in here, adding to the illusion of an old wall
The stone also continues into the powder room. The large mirror is set a few inches out from the wall so backlighting can highlight the stone
The back of the home boasts impressive views. “The water you see in the photo is basically where Back Creek, the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay merge,” Carlisle says. The casual round table is great for meals with a view and for playing cards or board games. Large doors open out to an upper deck that’s mostly used for dining.
Another table on the back deck is just the spot for alfresco meals.
The back of the home is nicely scaled and massed to fit in along the coastline. Rather than having one overwhelming boxy facade, it’s stepped back with pediments, overhangs, a balcony and other architectural details.
The pool is between the seating you see here and the house. Three spouts splash water into it. Around to the right and down a half story, a set of stairs accesses the pool bathroom in the basement. The basement also contains a caterer’s kitchen, exercise room and the mechanical space.
A larger lounge seating area is on a deck that’s flush with the pool coping. All of the decking is ipe wood.
On the second floor, the master bedroom has a prime view.
The sloped roof we saw on the exterior provides an airy vaulted ceiling, which is covered in coastal-style tongue and groove paneling.
The Juliet balcony extends only a few inches from the doors but allows for the room to be opened up to the views and the breezes.
The master bathroom has a custom cabinet that adds texture to the room. Large mirrors make the space feel larger than it is. In the reflection you can see the continuation of the stone wall from downstairs.
The stone also continues in this guest room. The home’s original floors were able to be restored in here.
The busy couple separated their his-and-hers work spaces from the rest of the living space by tucking them into the attic level. Though with views like this and a cozy window seat that beckons for naps, it must be hard to buckle down.