A pool house in Annapolis embraces Tidewater Modern” style.

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Inspired by the historic, 18th-century Shiplap House in Annapolis with its steeply pitched roof and gabled end, architect Devin Kimmel embraced what he terms “Tidewater Modern” style in the contemporary design of an Annapolis home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. “The massing of the structure is reminiscent of early American Tidewater homes, but the forms have been abstracted,” he explains.

With its pitched roof, the adjoining pool house echoes the home’s aesthetic. Open on three sides via Western Windows bi-fold doors, the structure is crowned by a vaulted mahogany-plank ceiling. Silver travertine clads both the pool-house floor and pool deck, and a stucco fireplace occupies one wall.

The pool house is tucked to one side of the home so as not to impede water views, and acts as a buffer from the neighboring property. Native plantings frame the view. Visible past the pool and gardens, an existing structure was repurposed for the homeowners as a crab shack—in keeping with its Chesapeake Bay locale.

Architecture & Landscape Architecture: Devin Kimmel, AIA, ASLA, Kimmel Studio Architects, Annapolis, Maryland. Interior Design: Catherine M. Lowe, ASID, Interior Planning & Design, Annapolis, Maryland. Builder: Raymond Gauthier, Lynbrook of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland.