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Rooms With a View

A cozy screened porch enjoys dramatic Severn River vistas

Collaborating with Bayview Builders on a sprawling, custom home on the Severn River in Annapolis, architect Cathy Purple Cherry embraced traditional style and a breezy, coastal vibe—complete with turquoise-hued shingles. “The goal was to create expansive yet connected spaces with light-filled views, overlooking a pool, terrace, deck and beautifully landscaped gardens,” recounts Bayview’s David Carlisle.

Keeping the scenic locale in mind, Purple Cherry tucked a small, screened porch (above) to one side off the main living area, beyond which a watery panorama unfolds. “It’s a destination room,” the architect notes. “The clients requested that it support seating, not dining, so it’s smaller in scale and has a cozy atmosphere.” A stacked-stone-look tile fireplace anchors the space, where trim details on columns and ceiling reflect the home’s aesthetic. Comfortable Kingsley Bate furniture sits atop an ipe floor and an all-weather rug. A set of stairs leads down to the pool terrace, creating easy indoor-outdoor connectivity.

Architecture & Interior Design: Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, Purple Cherry Architects, Annapolis, Maryland. Builder: Bayview Builders, Annapolis, Maryland. Landscape Architecture: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects, Annapolis, Maryland.

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