Contractor Darren Kornas, principal of thinkmakebuild, and his wife, Darby Pollock, were already renting a house in Easton, Maryland, with their two young children when they decided to put down roots and build a home of their own in the community. Besides wanting a waterfront property, they had one major requirement: “We didn’t want to see any roads from the house,” Kornas says.
They purchased a five-and-a-half-acre lot outside Easton and hired Thomson & Cooke Architects to design an abode that would be removed from the bustle but still just 15 minutes’ drive from the heart of town. Carefully siting the house to capitalize on dramatic views of the Miles River, architect Neal Thomson designed what Kornas terms a two-story “modern farmhouse. It’s fairly traditional on the outside,” he notes, “but with character and interest.”
The interiors emphasize the water vista via floor-to-ceiling windows. As Thomson explains, the second-floor master bedroom (pictured above) “was designed with a stripped-down, modern aesthetic.” A floor-to-ceiling Windsor casement window “has minimal trim to limit distraction from the view.”
Architecture: Neal Thomson, AIA, Thomson & Cooke Architects, Washington, DC. Contractor: Darren Kornas, thinkmakebuild, Annapolis, Maryland.