Modern Portal

boasting two-story views of maryland's south river

Designed to provide a portal to the magnificent river views, this stunning home features a 20-foot-high glass wall that serves up beautiful two-story vistas from the shared living areas including the great room, dining room, kitchen and mezzanine.

Project Type:
new construction

Square Feet:

stucco, aluminum, steel, dark stained walnut

Located on a bluff 30 feet above the South River in Maryland, the house spans four levels and offers 6,000 square feet of living space. The exterior materials include stucco, aluminum and steel, and were chosen for their elegance, durability and low environmental impact. A steel moment-frame on the Eastern glass facade protects the structure from occasional hurricanes and seismic activity. The home is filled with controlled natural light, even during the dark winter months, thanks to an ingenious combination of overhangs, louvres and solar shades.

Featuring travertine and dark stained walnut throughout, the architecture celebrates modern design and showcases the owners' growing art collection. A six-foot gas fireplace on the first floor great room rests under a pristine laminated wall. Glass doors open the full width of the room and screens slide into place in order to enjoy the bay breezes. Custom cabinets, Caesarstone countertops and a "floating" hood create the perfect streamlined open kitchen. Breathtaking views of both the living areas and the water can be enjoyed from the mezzanine, which houses additional original artwork.

With its offices, bedrooms, TV room and exercise room positioned around the perimeter of the shared living area, a rectilinear open stairwell sheathed in highly insulated Kalwall connects all four floors. Vertically hung cable rails contain small bi-pin lights that create a floating light effect at night. The master suite includes a sitting room and a unique master bath that boasts radiant heated floors, custom cabinets and a travertine vanity surround. The room's unencumbered water views can even be enjoyed from the shower, which feels as though it is outdoors. A rooftop deck leading to a hot tub completes the master area.

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