Building on the Water

Bayview Builders constructs a durable, beautiful abode on Annapolis' Spa Creek

An Annapolis home boasts a wide porch overlooking Spa Creek. Its exterior features HardieShingle siding—chosen to withstand the elements—installed over a rain screen. “Composite materials withstand the elements better than others, hold paint longer and don’t rot. For roofing, we recommend long-lasting asphalt or slate shingles or standing-seam metal,” suggests Dave Carlisle of Bayview Builders. However, he and his design team made a different choice on this project, selecting a roof of cedar perfection shingles for both durability and beauty. Says Carlisle, “In this case, the patina that the shingles create over time is impossible to replicate with composite materials.”

Architecture: Scarlett Breeding, AIA, Alt Breeding Associates. Contractor: Bayview Builders. Landscape Architecture: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects