The original residence on this property was an
early 20th century bungalow typical of the era and area within the renowned
Eastport area of Annapolis.
As constructed, the original home was limited in space. In an effort to convert this modest house to a
vacation home, which would eventually serve as their eventual retirement home,
the new owners wanted to construct a major addition that
would provide them with the additional accommodation that they required.
The house is located in a zoning district that
requires design review and approval by both city planners and a neighborhood
review board, in order to ensure that any new construction respects the history
and character of Eastport. Halpern Architects was able to guide the project
through the review process by preserving the majority of the existing building
and creating new space in an addition which derived its character from the
historic home and which was minimally visible from the street. This strategy
also provided the owners with private living space looking into the rear
One of the owners'
primary requirements was that the house would function well as a weekend
retreat for them while still accommodating the occasional large family
gatherings. A first-floor master suite, combined with a second floor housing
three bedrooms, a grandchild-friendly bunk room, and two baths, satisfies this
requirement and allows the house to easily adjust to varying numbers of
residents. Halpern Architects provided full architectural services that
included schematic design, construction documents and construction supervision.
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