“Master”ful Addition

Adding a new Master suite in this location required planning for a highly functional, highly custom use of space. Our clients were willing partners and added tremendous vision with their choice of architects as well as their creativity and perspiration.


One of the trickiest parts of an addition is to make it  appear coherent with its surroundings, while at the same time adding your own creative touch as a craftsman.

Back Porch View



Bedroom KitchenetteThis built in breakfast bar is the perfect example of working hand-in-hand with the owner. Not only were they able to add a bit of themselves by being a part of the design process but also through onsite collaboration, sewing the curtains and adding the faux paint details.



Shower ViewKeeping the window was a key part of this new master bath design.  The addition of custom waterproof shutters and trim ensures that the natural light will not be lost, but decay will not prevail.



ElevatorA customized Residential Elevator. Though it may not be seen by many, attention to detail makes this small space a big part of the overall design.



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18thC Smokehouse

When a customer living in one of the oldest structures on the Eastern Shore came to us in need of a new well house, we were thrilled.  Not only was it our good fortune to be  part of  a project with local historic significance, but it was also an opportunity to build a  historical replica in which attention to detail was paramount, and function was a priority.  Our client, a Professor of Folklife and Folklore, knew the importance of the smokehouse on an eighteenth century farm and that the proportions would yeild a well organized, multi-functional storage shed.


This was a fascinating project to be a part of. We worked closely with our client to use the appropriate materials right down to the hand cut nails. The cypress siding is milled just two hours south of here by Gates Custom Milling of Gates, North Carolina. The cypress exterior trim details and door were manufactured in our shop.

Construction Detail



Door HardwareThe lock is a rebuilt early 19th century original, right down to the clinch nails.

Roof ViewRed cedar shingles set on local pine purlins that along with the interior sheathing were harvested and milled a mile from our shop.



Foundation ViewAnd while stone was not easily accessible to our colonial predecessors on the Eastern Shore, these stone steps have supported both form and function in the overall treatment  and use of this structure.



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Seamless Integration

Blend the new with the old. Seamless. Magic.

Our challenge on this project was to expand in an organic and natural way. No visual cues to show where the old house stopped and the new began. Although our client had plans when they came to us, the transitions and material selection were important to the end result.



On the exterior we needed to match the existing cedar shingles, roofing, and trim treatments. The Alaskan yellow cedar siding aged into place nicely. The cypress window trim was hand-milled in our shop from boards salvaged out of the Great Dismal Swamp.

Addition Marked


Barrel DoorInside, the transitions made for interesting work.  A barrel-arched doorway was the main point of connection to the new addition, replacing the built-in casework. The panels had to blend with the existing fireplace and mantle, which our client achieved with faux painting techniques.



Floor InlayThe floor is often the hardest integration point. In keeping with the coastal theme, we incorporated a custom herring bone inlay below the barrel doorway.



Custom ScreenCustom touches like this register cover, made in our shop,  make each project memorable and unique.



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