House of the Week: Board & Batten on Bailey’s Neck 


I love the texture of board and batten siding and how sunlight casts shadows over the walls so this traditional story and a half house’s exterior elevations caught my eye. The proportions and massing of the front elevation is very pleasing with the main pitched roof extending over the three-bay porch,  the garage wing with its gable projection and the brick faced pitched roof wing of the living room on the opposite side in contrast to the white board and batten walls. The rear of the house opens up with a shed dormer over the center wing for the second floor bedrooms and a gable over the sunroom adds further interest. The house sits in the middle of two beautifully landscaped acres adjacent to the golf course.

I rarely write about houses whose furnishings have been removed since I love interior design but this house gave me an opportunity to study the interior architecture. The front door opens into a spacious entrance hall with a side “L” shaped stair that connects to the handrail at the second floor hall.  Vistas through to the dining room windows and to the living room maintains the feeling of openness. The large living room with a fireplace leads to the sunroom overlooking the rear lawn and landscaping. The house flows very well from the sunroom to the dining room, kitchen, breakfast room and family room and the large terrace at the rear is easily accessible  for relaxing with family and friends. A side entry door next to the garage leads to the mud room and laundry. The remainder of the main floor is the master suite, accessed from a short hall off the entrance hall.  

The second floor is larger than it looks from the exterior with three  bedrooms and a smaller fourth one that could become a home office or studio. I liked the sloped areas along the perimeter of the ceilings and the hardwood floors of the second floor rooms. One thing I would do if this house were mine would be to open up the wall between the breakfast room and the family room. Small change to a space plan that has great bones!

For more information about this property, contact Barb Watkins with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-2021 (c), or,  “Equal Housing Opportunity.”

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.

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