Spy House of the Week: From Modular to Marvelous


The original house on this site was a Nanticoke modular home with a standard rectangular floor plan and a low pitched roof that offered little awareness of its waterfront site-two of the three bedrooms and the living room were on the front of the house with no water views. This modular became marvelous through a dramatic and complete transformation.

The floor plan was revised to maximize water views as much as possible. When you now opened the front door, you had a clear view through a short hall to the “L” shaped living room with its side and rear walls of windows framing the water view. The spaces now flowed from the living room to the dining room ending at the addition that contained a family room, breakfast room and kitchen with views to the water from all areas. Next to the family room/kitchen area was a “service area” containing a mud room, laundry and powder room.

The addition was angled to respond better to the site and a breezeway with a deck above connected the main house to the three-car garage with a guest suite on the second floor. A large open porch paralleled the angled breakfast/family room rear wall and would be the perfect spot to relax after a dip in the nearby pool.   

The library at the front of the house could also do double duty as a guest suite with its adjacent full bath. The other bedrooms were relocated to the second floor with expansive water views from the bedrooms and the deck at the rear of the house.

The elevations were completing redesigned in the craftsman style.  Details included wide gables, one to define the front entrance and one to add character to the front wall of the three-car garage, shed dormers to break up the expanse of roof and the three open porches.


For more information about this property, contact Ray Stevens with Benson & Mangold Real Estate at 410-226-0111 (o), 410-310-6060 (c) or ore@goeaston.net, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

Architecture by Charles Paul Goebel, Architect, Ltd, 410-820-9176, chas@cpgoebel.com, www.cpgoebel.com.

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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