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Portfolio- On the Water’s Edge

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Over two decades in their mist-gray weekend house in St. Michaels, Maryland, two generations of a Washington family have embraced the outdoors. Their Eastern Shore idyll can be measured in memories of nature—the day the deer swam by on Broad Creek; the year a hurricane whipped one long island into three just past the boat dock; the seasons when swans flocked by the dozens to this waterside paradise— all viewed from a simple patio. But for all the pleasures of their retreat, the owners finally were compelled to acknowledge two small discomforts that come with the privilege of living just 100 feet from the water’s edge: unrelenting sun and insects. A little more than a year ago, they decided to add a screened porch to gain more shade and keep unwelcome creatures at bay.

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