There is a pool on top.

So are all of the exterior elements—decks, porches, terraces, and the mechanical systems.

The reason is simple. The site, a quiet cove in a waterman's village on 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 house was about the size of a double-wide trailer, so now everything is piled up, all fitting on deck—like a modern Ark with 1664 square feet on interior space.

Given the height and the weight to be supported, 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 multiple 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 Office, Study Room Type, Desk, and Storage. The owners desk peers out over the kitchen toward the water. Photo  of Chesapeake Bay HouseView Photos

The owners desk peers out over the kitchen toward the water.

Modern home with Living Room, Bookcase, Sofa, and Light Hardwood Floor. A view of the living and dining room. Photo 2 of Chesapeake Bay HouseView Photos

A view of the living and dining room.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Refrigerator. A view back to the front door and kitchen.  The desk is above in the double height space. Photo 3 of Chesapeake Bay HouseView Photos

A view back to the front door and kitchen. The desk is above in the double height space.

A view out of the wall of sliding doors and windows. Photo 4 of Chesapeake Bay House modern homeView Photos

A view out of the wall of sliding doors and windows.

Kitchen view. Photo 5 of Chesapeake Bay House modern homeView Photos

Kitchen view.

The pool is on the roof with a view of the water. Photo 6 of Chesapeake Bay House modern homeView Photos

The pool is on the roof with a view of the water.

The exterior of the home is clad in white cedar shingles. Photo 7 of Chesapeake Bay House modern homeView Photos

The exterior of the home is clad in white cedar shingles.

Interior Design
Photographer
  • Julia Heine

Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)