Spy House of the Week: Bar Neck Vernacular


I am always attracted to rural vernacular buildings converted to a residential use. When I first saw this house I wondered if it had been a converted barn but discovered it was new construction. The aerial shows how the roof planes over the rectangular house footprint were broken up to add architectural interest. On the front, a shed roof extended into half of the house to create a screened porch and a sloped ceiling over the dining room beyond. A row of clerestory windows above added daylight for the second floor rooms. The shed roof then wrapped slightly around the other side of the front elevation to extend the kitchen.

Another shed dormer at the rear created a deck at the second floor accessed by French doors and the rest of the second floor rooms had skylights. The massing, light-colored metal roof, variety of windows and the vertical batten siding created a very appealing vista from the approach to the house. The stained wood pergola with the lavender colored wisteria gave shade and privacy to the front screened porch and was a soft and colorful contrast to the creamy white siding of the house. The cream color was the perfect backdrop to the colorful variety of flowers and plants that surrounded the house. Clearly a gifted gardener had been at work here.

The outdoor spaces included the rear deck that was elevated above the large fenced pool for better views of the water beyond. The table and chairs on the deck beckoned for al-fresco dining or sunbathing after a dip in the pool. In true Scandinavian style, there was also an indoor sauna for post-pool relaxation.

The dining room had a pitched wood slat ceiling, wood floors, an accent wall of brick and double doors leading to the adjacent living room. I especially liked the spacious living room with wrap-around windows at one corner and a row of windows at the rear toward the water views.

Some of the second floor rooms had pitched ceilings with exposed wood collar beams. I could well imagine opening the French doors to the deck and lingering there over my second cup of coffee in the morning. Surrounded by woods, water, colorful flowers and plants, this serene setting would be the perfect retreat.

For more information about this property, contact Carolina Barksdale with Benson & Mangold Real Estate at 410-745-0417(o), 443-786-0348 (c) or carolina@talbotrealestate.com, “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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