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Boat House Bar

Kimmel Studio had the idea for, and then designed, this highly-original outdoor bar.


This restaurant we designed sits in a boatyard. The setting inspired us to suggest the client develop the whole restaurant around a boat, an actual boat. We worked with the client as a team to find a fitting ship, which ended up being 1960s deadrise oyster boat. We drafted the plans to adapt the boat to its new function, and designed a shed for it. The restaurant is fittingly called "Boat House" and is wildly successful.

In this original tale of adaptive reuse, the boat was not the only recycled element. The metal used for the shed roof and the wood used for the siding were reclaimed from a nearby barn. The bar stools are made from boat stands. The boat sits on —also recycled— rail road tracks so that it can be moved in and out of the building.

Plenty of recycling and adaptive reuse create a unique new structure which is paradoxically charged with the history of the fishing communities of Deale, Maryland.

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Do you know exactly what character and feel you want your restaurant to have? That’s fantastic; we are here to turn your vision into reality. Now, if you are still not sure about the personality your restaurant should have, we can help you figure it out. When the client called us, they did not know they wanted a boathouse. We can always meet and brainstorm ideas. One thing is certain: All the restaurants we design have personality, character, and even some attitude!

Location: Deale, Maryland

Photography By: Pete Albert Photography

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