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Location: West Ocean City, MD
Year built: 2019
What Makes It Home – The Details.
Driving through any part of Ocean City down by the water, it’s impossible not to feel a lightness in the air. Moving closer to the ocean holds a kind of peace seldom felt anywhere else. This holds true as this home at Martha’s Landing in West Ocean City, comes into view down the street. Pulling into the driveway, the impressive four-story home — slate gray vinyl shake and shingle siding with black window trim and large glass windows — beckons viewers to join the ocean fun.
Becker Morgan architects designed the house in 2018, with construction beginning in earnest in 2019. By February 2020, it was move-in ready. The house was designed with two families in mind — the two brothers who brought the idea of this house to fruition. Each family has a three story “wing” on either side of the house, including a one car garage each, with common spaces straight down the middle: a den on the second and third floors, the living room, kitchen, and access to the outdoor area on the bottom level. Each floor of the house has a balcony stretching the full length of the back of the house, all the better to see the beautiful views of Sunset Marina, the Sinepuxent Bay, and Assateague Island.
The all-glass front doors of the house provide a bee line view through the main floor of the house, straight to the marina out back. Stepping inside the main foyer, the cool gray walls and tile invite a sense of serenity. Immediately to the left of the front door is a tastefully minimal powder room. To the right are stairs leading up to the second and third floors. Straight down the hallway, past the elevator and the doors to the family garages on left and right, leads into the combined living room and kitchen space. The farthest wall of the house is wall-to-wall windows and sliding glass door providing the perfect vantage point to the marina and the bay beyond. The living room features two three-seater sofas in subtle gray and white stripes, with two full armchairs in a deep blue. All are perfectly complimented by a light wood coffee table and face a large television on the wall over a gas fireplace. Nautical maps of the Chesapeake Bay hang on the cream-colored walls, and a large wooden fish (Atlantic Tackle), creating a cozy coastal farmhouse atmosphere.
The aesthetic is further continued into the kitchen, where a long farmhouse-style table and seating for a large group transitions the space from lounging to cooking. “It’s the perfect house for entertaining,” says one homeowner, “which we do a lot.” The large kitchen island is topped with a clean white quartz countertop with a large sink; the lower cabinets are painted in a slate blue. The lighting above the island is round lantern-style glass balls, suspended from the ceiling by rope and metal casings. Stretching wall-to-wall across a stainless steel range and including housing for two double ovens is the main cabinetry in rustic alder, tying in the clean farmhouse aesthetic perfectly with the living room space. The pristine countertops are matched by white subway tile backsplash which compliments the wood grain of the cabinetry.
“We wanted to do something different here,” says one homeowner. “We felt like everyone was doing white [cabinets] and wanted to try something else.” Turning to the outdoors, visitors are greeted with the stunning view of an in-ground, sparkling pool and a completely furnished outdoor kitchen area. The outdoor kitchen is built in gray stone and houses a grill, a smoker, a sink, and even a TV to enjoy a game while supper is on. The U-shaped bar area is perfect for hopping right out of the pool or lounge chair and straight for a cool summer beverage.
Back inside the house and through the living and kitchen area, visitors return to the main foyer where the stairs, transitioning from tile to hardwood lead up to the second floor. Down the middle of each floor is a shared den space, with comfy neutral-toned couches, built-in book shelves, and access to the shared porch. On either side of the shared spaces are mirror-image suites: two bedrooms (one at the front and one at the back of the house) with a full bath in between. In the first front-of-house guest room are two twin beds made up in matching striped quilts. The guest rooms at the back of the house enjoy sliding glass doors out to the balcony, and are complete with a mounted flat screen television and gas fireplace. All of the rooms are done in calming neutrals: tans, grays, and soft slate blues, which allow the spaces to simply glow in the afternoon light coming in from the abundant windows. The family also enjoys large mounted wall accents of what they love doing most on the bay: fishing.
Moving up to the third floor are the so-called adult spaces, where the homeowners enjoy their own private retreats at the end of a long day on the bay or after a family cookout. The master suites are, again, mirror images of one another. Each suite has a bedroom overlooking the bay with sliding glass doors onto the shared third-floor balcony. The continuous wood flooring gives way to slate-gray tile in the bathrooms, which each feature a full soaking tub, double vanity sink, walk-in shower stall, and separate water closet. The perfect symmetry of the space is again shared by a common den, reinforcing the idea that while each family in the house has their own private retreat, the heart of the home revolves around time spent with family.
The piece de resistance, though, in this house, is in the middle of the third floor. Leading to the fourth floor is the ultimate fun-house dream: a spiral staircase. Done in sturdy hardwood, the staircase leads to a fourth floor game room, complete with a pool table and a wet bar with cabinetry that matches the kitchen on the first floor. The shiplap on the walls completes this cozy coastal farmhouse from top to bottom. As the homeowner leads visitors onto the deck, the real majesty of the place is revealed. While each level of the house had a beautiful view onto the marina, this top floor has a stunning vista of the entire bay all the way to the ocean beyond Assateague Island.
“It’s really amazing,” says the homeowner, “We love it here.” Indeed, it’s easy to imagine a family spending the best days of summer in this house, out on the water, and from this fourth floor balcony where all can gather to watch the best of Ocean City: the air show, Fourth of July fireworks, or even just the sunset as it slides over the water.
Our Home Team:
Architect: Becker Morgan
Home Portrait: Megan Burak
Florist: Inner Bloom
Writer: Tarah Threadgill
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