WHAT COMMON MISTAKES DO HOMEOWNERS MAKE WHEN BUILDING ON THE BAY?
A common error when building at the water’s edge is under-investing in a quality building envelope, which is the barrier between the home’s interior, conditioned space and the outside environment. Waterfront locations have more exposure to wind-driven rain and are subject to large temperature and humidity variations, so it is critical to choose products and construction techniques that can handle these extremes.
A quality builder who understands what it takes to build for the long term should mitigate the risk of penetrating moisture by utilizing rot-resistant or composite siding, with some type of rain screen or drainage gap behind. That, combined with high-quality house wrap and proper door and window flashing, offers the most effective way to prevent water intrusion. When confidently executing a homeowner’s and architect’s vision, this combination of materials and methods is one of the most important factors in ensuring a home’s longevity and comfort. —David Carlisle, Bayview Builders, Annapolis, Maryland
Architecture: Purple Cherry Architects, Annapolis, Maryland.