A Private Residence At South Street, Oxford, Maryland

Within a village of small homes, nestled in the historic yachting community of Oxford on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the home proved to be a subtle experiment in blending historic preservation sensibilities with new, sustainable technologies to create a comfortable and modest retirement home. Following strict guidelines and reviews by The Town's Historic Commission and The Planning and Zoning Commission, the project survived six months of town meetings and scrutiny. The final solution preserved the circa 1883 original waterman's cottage facing South Street while also expanding more modern interiors to work within the property's angled geometry.

The traditional covered front porch of the original cottage maintains the streetscape, allowing the addition space to shift and create a unified garden oasis beyond. Incorporating geothermal, cell-foam insulation at the original balloon wood frame with its lath and plaster walls, the new construction uses ICF exterior wall technology with new insulated double-hung windows.