Rooms with a View: Peace & Serenity

Perched on the highest point of Maryland’s Gibson Island, a 1940s ranch-style home offers dazzling views of the Magothy River. Tapped to renovate this vacation retreat, architect Laurie JB Stubb made the water vistas a focal point in her eco-friendly design. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors in the upper-level sitting room “allow natural light to fill the space and create an indoor-outdoor experience,” she says. Stubb lightened the original red-oak floors with a semi-transparent white stain and installed cable railing “that you can almost see through” on the adjacent ipe deck. As the architect explains, “I wanted the light colors of the paint and floors to evoke a sense of peace and serenity.”

Architecture: Laurie JB Stubb, AIA, place architecture:design, Brooklandville, Maryland. Contractor: Owings Brothers Contracting, Eldersburg, Maryland.