The addition to this waterfront house on the Chesapeake Bay responds to the owners' needs for a 2200 square foot house that can serve 50 persons as comfortably as five. The entry addition makes up for its limited size with its height, while the design of the new living room includes elements that ensure a sense of intimacy within its soaring space.
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A new three-story addition to the 13.3' wide, two-story townhouse includes a skylit central stair that welcomes natural light into all three floors.
Along with a master bedroom with views to the Potomac River, the design adds highly-coveted off-street parking in this dense Foggy Bottom neighborhood.
This house was an 1080 square foot "shack on the water" on a narrow site on the Chesapeake Bay. Only 420 square feet of new construction was allowed.
The solution achieves a sense of graciousness by combining high spaces with efficient, "shared" spaces. A semiprivate courtyard is created between the main house and the two story accessory building, a familier feature for these Oklahoma natives.