GARRETT COUNTY, MD

OTTER HOUSE

in construction phase

This home is perched on a hillside overlooking views to the west and off a quaint country road nestled in the Appalachian mountains. The 10 acre site is mostly wooded with a garden and chicken coop, lovingly maintained by a family that considers this their forever home. 

 

The issue: The existing architecture of the 1970’s modern home had a poorly designed galley kitchen closed off to the rest of the home, an area off the living room that was too big for a closet but too small for a room, and an existing office in the corner of the basement that severely lacked privacy. 

 

Client’s request: We need a better kitchen, a place to put the kids’ junk, and we need a home office. 

 

Our solution: We added eight feet to create a new, dynamic rear entrance to the home comprised of an open foyer, handsome mudroom, and private office. Walking into the light-filled entrance, storage is ample and organized. Then tucked away around the side of mudroom, the office was placed far from the main thoroughfare of the home. The large custom chef’s kitchen now becomes a focal point instead of an afterthought. A large kitchen island is used for seating and workspace, and is centered around upgraded appliances, custom cabinets, and large corner windows that not only enhance the beautiful views, but also the air circulation. Stepping into the open dining and living area, you’ll find a new double door that invites you out to the deck overlooking the wide sunset views. From the outside, the kitchen addition is clad in cedar and is ringed with a brightly painted trim highlighting the signature corner windows when approaching from the northwest.