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Throwback Thursday: Eastern Shore homebuilder teams with local architect and interior designer to build net-zero-energy home.

Sitting Petty

Style and sustainability go hand in hand in a new zero-net-energy home in St. Michaels.

The Chesapeake Bay and its winding tributaries harbor more miles of shoreline than the entire U.S. West Coast. Whether it edges a meandering creek or the mighty bay itself, waterfront real estate rewards residents with ever-changing scenes of this pristine estuary environment.

One such site near St. Michaels, Maryland, captivated a couple seeking a home in the region. They were taken by its panoramic views of both the Miles River and its confluence with the East Bay. The lot’s sweeping, 270-degree water vista even included a distant glimpse of the Kent Narrows Bridge.

They knew their search was over and purchased the property, which came with an outdated split-level home, a pool and a dock. The twosome—he, an energy consultant and she, an environmental engineer—had sold their Bethesda home of 27 years with the intention of moving to a house on the water where they could host their married son and daughter and three grandkids for carefree family visits. They’d commute to an apartment in DC during the workweek, but St. Michaels would become their full-time home once they retire.

After discovering many drawbacks to the split-level—such as a musty, subterranean hot tub—they concluded that building anew made more sense than renovating. So, to help make their dream home a reality, the couple assembled a design team: Easton architect Charles Goebel, Annapolis interior designer Erin Paige Pitts and Paquin Design/Build. They set out to create a welcoming, casual-chic residence that plays up its stunning habitat.

Read the entire Home and Design article here


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