When architect Robert Gurney’s team took on the renovation of a rotting waterfront home in St. Michaels, Maryland, it faced some difficult restrictions. Because it was located within a buffer zone on Solitude Creek, it had to either be moved farther from the shoreline or updated to meet new zoning, building, and environmental code requirements. The solution? “It was decided to remove the existing structure to the foundation, increase the height of the foundation two feet, and build a new structure above this that would meet all of the new codes, ordinances and regulations,” the architects wrote on Architect magazine’s project gallery.
The designers navigated another challenge — no access to natural gas — with the help of propane, which powers the main living area’s modern see-through fireplace, a cooktop in the kitchen, and a backup furnace. The stunning project photos show that navigating these challenges resulted in a rewarding, and beautiful, waterfront home.