Led by Becker Morgan Group, a talented team of professionals assembled to create a masterpiece on the St. Martin River
Amidst the wooded tranquility of a St. Martin River tributary emerges a recent creation of Becker Morgan Group’s award-winning residential-design studio in Salisbury.
With roots in Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a Long Island, NY couple embarked on a quest for a coastal plot of land to create their coastal country dream home. After an exhaustive search, they were boating on a warm autumn day when they happened upon a unique peninsula-shaped parcel.
Positioned high on a knoll (unusual for the typically low shorelines of the area), the quaint country cottage that presided over it came complete with a trove of majestic mature trees, visiting blue herons and a sign that read “For Sale by Owner.” For the evocative cocktail of beckoning these elements supplied, it was the blue herons that ultimately provided the tract with a name — and thus Heron Point was born.
The owners lived in the cottage part-time for a couple of years, to get a feel for the property and to contemplate what kind of home they wanted to build. When they began their search for an architect/designer to bring their dreams to reality, they knew they wanted a local architect who would not only be familiar with local ordinances and building practices but also have the creativity and talent to design a home that would be site-appropriate, functional, practical and, of course, beautiful. Based on the recommendations of local contractors and friends, they chose Worcester County native Christopher L. Pattey, a senior associate with the Becker Morgan Group.
The design process then began. The owners were able to position the new home on the prime waterfront area of the property, partially within “critical areas” abutting the river, thanks to grandfathering based on the footprint of the cottage and patios. The U-shaped layout was conceived to mimic shoreline limits and intended to capture panoramic water views from almost every room in this narrow-width house design, bathing the interior spaces in natural light. Generously proportioned rooms maintain a charming intimacy rarely found in a new residence of this scale.
Gambrelled roof lines of a new barn on site were also integrated into the main house design, yielding an agrarian vernacular to the country-manor-house aesthetic. Hardie shingle siding, wide white trim, distinctive black windows with optimal placement and simple detailing all function in harmony to bathe the home with its Atlantic coastal environs. Stone, Ipe, and copper accents, solid-wood carriage-style doors, handcrafted lanterns and a barn-red exterior (reminiscent of the existing cottage) add to the seamless fusion of country and coastal style.
Timeless materials of distressed wide-plank cherry and pine floors, natural stone, marble, slate and aged mirrors exude the patina of a home that has existed for decades. A thread of refined French Country detail flows from the custom kitchen and bar throughout all areas and elements of the home. A well-thought-out use of both antique and modern lighting and plumbing fixtures, hardware, tiles and other furnishings and antiquities confer an updated, clean appeal while still paying homage to all the parts of this “old feeling” new house.
The project consisted of a new 2,000 sq. ft. party barn, 5,000 sq. ft. main house, 2,000 sq. ft. garage/carriage house, lanai porch, outdoor living areas, pool, spa, outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen and outdoor grill. There were also additions and renovations to the cottage, which had been moved to an adjoining lot. Construction services were provided by Joseph T. Dashiell Builders in West Ocean City, in addition to many others. With offices in Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina, Becker Morgan Group’s residential-design studio provides custom-home-design services for new residences, additions, renovations and interiors in every aspect, from initial concept through construction. Services are tailored to each client’s specific needs.
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