A riverfront retreat that's built to last
When the time came to take the construction plunge, Chris Collins was pretty clear in talking with her architect about what she wanted her new house to be like.
For Chris Collins?s home along the Severn River, architect Rob Shutler produced a design inspired by both Craftsman style and New England shingle houses.
The house is perched 30 feet above Round Bay.
A huge fieldstone chimney anchors the house, from the main floor up to a third-story porch.
The living room has a floor made of slate, purchased from Serra Stone masonry in Bethesda, and three comfy sofas long enough for serious napping.
Appliances are concealed behind fir cabinet doors, which gives the kitchen the air of a dining room ? something the house doesn?t actually have.
The kitchen also has a lot of storage space.
The house has four floors, joined not only by stairs but also by an elevator.
The house is casual and easy to care for, as Collins wanted.
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