There is something familiar in the shapes you see in this large waterfront farmhouse. The reason for this impression is that Chesapeake farms inspired the contours of the contemporary custom home.
Simple geometric shapes, uncomplicated rooflines, and walls clad in one dominant material characterize this white farmhouse. It is no coincidence that these features are the hallmark of many of the farms peppered throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.
Annapolis architect Devin Kimmel explains that he drew the form of the main house from early 20th-century farmhouses in the area and modeled the other buildings on farm structures.
He completed the ensemble with elements that add a contemporary look to the traditional shapes. Notable among them are the glass hyphens that connect the different structures.
The Tidewater farm features river views on three sides and includes its private pier for the owner's boat.
More on Tidewater Style. This outstanding design by Kimmel Studio Architects abstracts elements of traditional Tidewater farms to give them a contemporary form. Click here to read a short note featuring the house, and our definition of the Tidewater Style. The note explains how “Kimmel Studio Architects reinterpreted the vernacular language of the Chesapeake Bay area with a modern edge.”
The Award-Winning Guest House. The guest house of this home looks like a barn from the road, but it has a glass wall. It won the Best of Houzz Design award.
Location: Maryland's Eastern Shore
Builder: Lynbrook of Annapolis
Photography: Pete Albert