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Tidewater Casual

A custom home on Maryland's Bohemia River complements its Chesapeake locale

A pristine spot on Maryland’s Bohemia River lured a family looking to build a relaxed waterfront retreat. The husband, a contractor, collaborated with architects at Philadelphia-based Bernardon on a welcoming, Tidewater-style custom home that would take advantage of the lot’s expansive water views. “With its gambrel roof design, the vernacular harkens back to what you would see all along the Eastern Shore 60-plus years ago,” notes architect Douglas Hertsenberg, who spearheaded the project. “It’s all about casual living on the water.”

The home’s main floor centers on an open-plan kitchen/great room (pictured) with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the river. While traditional in style with wide muntins separating panels of glass, the wall-of-windows concept still conveys a modern feel. To delineate zones in the open layout, Hertsenberg and his team designed different ceilings: a tray ceiling defines the kitchen while deep coffers enliven the great room, which features casual space for dining.

Architecture: Douglas C. Hertsenberg, AIA, Bernardon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.