Chesapeake Bay House

Neavitt, Maryland

There is a pool on top. So are all of the exterior elements—decks, porches or terraces, as well as the mechanical systems.

The reason is simple. The site, a quiet cove on the Maryland's Eastern Shore, is subject to strict guidelines which protect the Chesapeake Bay. The allowable footprint for everything on the site — everything — is sized to the ruins of a previous house, long gone, but excavated, surveyed, and documented.

That original house was about the size of a double-wide trailer, so now it all is piled up, all fitting on deck—like a modern ark with 1664 SF of interior space.

Given the height and the weight to be supported — the pool weighs as much as six Toyota Priuses — the structure is made of cross-braced steel moment frames which impose themselves, and are celebrated throughout the plan.

The open plan first floor has a wall of sliding doors which turn the interior into a porch. A winding stair rises to two stacked bedrooms and continues to the rooftop pool.

On the exterior, white cedar shingles and stainless steel will weather naturally. There is no paint or stain on the outside.­­­­ The interior is all white.

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Modern home with Exterior, Wood, Windows, Picture Window Type, and Casement Window Type. Street facade  Photo  of Chesapeake Bay House

Street facade

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Great room

Desk overlooks dining room Photo 3 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Desk overlooks dining room

Kitchen Photo 4 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Kitchen

Great room with view out to water Photo 5 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Great room with view out to water

Stair leads from 3rd floor deck to pool on roof Photo 6 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Stair leads from 3rd floor deck to pool on roof

View of the bay from desk, through double-height space Photo 7 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

View of the bay from desk, through double-height space

Front facade at night Photo 8 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Front facade at night

2nd floor bedroom Photo 9 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

2nd floor bedroom

Great room with roller shades pulled Photo 10 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Great room with roller shades pulled

View of house from the water Photo 11 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

View of house from the water

Stair runs are divided by thin steel panel Photo 12 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Stair runs are divided by thin steel panel

Resistance pool on roof overlooks the Chesapeake Bay Photo 13 of Chesapeake Bay House modern home

Resistance pool on roof overlooks the Chesapeake Bay

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