March-April 2010 | FROM DRAB TO FAB

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RIGHT AT HOME

FROM DRAB TO FAB

Becker Morgan’s Christopher Pattey details how his firm and Bunting Construction transformed an old-fashioned rancher into a charming cottage style bungalow

This home, situated on a pristine wooded peninsula in Worcester County, recently underwent a dramatic and extreme whole house makeover.
 
When we embarked on this project, the home, a basic “L-shaped” rancher, failed to capitalize on any of the natural amenities that this very unique site had to offer. Quaint wooded vignettes, intimate creek scenery and expansive views of the St. Martin’s River and Ocean City skyline, beyond, were ignored.
 
During a previous renovation, the owners installed large plate glass windows in various locations to enhance these amenities. It was a great improvement, but proved to be just an initial stage of what would become a complete makeover.
 
A focal point of the redesign was the front of the home. The existing property was designed to welcome the owners and their guests from the back of the home – there was no front door. It lacked a sense of identity architecturally, and the landscape was completely overgrown with vegetation. The best river views were from the existing garage, which was a missed opportunity.
 
The renovation plan included relocating the attached garage to a new semi-detached structure, converting the existing garage space into the main great room, adding a second floor, creating a new gourmet kitchen and a live-in Mom’s Suite, among various other amenities.
 
The reconfiguration and repurposing of the floor plan, as well as seamlessly wrapping the entire conversion into a visually appealing exterior package, proved to be quite a challenge. Most difficult was maintaining design compliance with the many local and state agencies with regard to restrictive and ever-changing environmental and critical area requirements.
 
The new second floor loft addition solved the non-expandable footprint constraint nicely. The windows on this level now offer the best views in the entire house. An interior colonnade hallway accented with exterior materials, and elements such as wood columns and stone floors visually unite the inside and out and provide an environmentally respectful cohesion.
 
The residence, which was 2,448 square feet before the renovation began, measured 4,880 square feet upon its completion.
 
The exterior aesthetics were an evolution of architectural character yielding a charming bungalow or cottage style that nestles into its wooded surroundings with respect – almost as if it had always been there. The natural cedar shingle siding seems to become one with adjacent trees.
 
Bunting Construction of Selbyville, the general contractors on the project, incorporated our elements of Craftsman, Asian and Shingle styles with clean modern lines to truly make this whole house makeover an inviting and appealing home sweet home.


Editor’s Note: Christopher L. Pattey is a Senior Associate with The Becker Morgan Group, Inc. in Salisbury. He can be reached by calling 410-546-9100 or by email at cpattey@beckermorgan.com.
 
 
Becker Morgan Group
410-546-9100
www.BeckerMorgan.com


Bunting Construction Corp.
302-436-5124
www.BuntingConstruction.com
 

  

john
Posted On: 4/1/10 12:31 pm
I love this house!