Exploit Your Surroundings
It was an adequate house with acreage, up for sale at more than $1 million. But it was just a builder's stock floor plan for a two-story farmhouse with attached garage and vinyl siding. And the natural beauty of the site deserved much, much more than a stock floor plan, unmodified to take full advantage of the views.
We were sitting on waterfront property along Harris Creek, a broad tributary that flows into Chesapeake Bay. My friends pointed out the expansive windows that house should have to bring that view indoors, as well as the relaxed dining and seating areas that should be oriented toward the rear of the house, where the creek views are. They discussed the ways existing furniture could be re-arranged to make a more pleasant, more useful living space.
The take-away is much like what you hear on fashion makeover shows: Make the most of what you've got. Most homes don't have fabulous natural scenery on the doorstep, but there's likely to be some feature you can highlight. It could be the landscaping of your Georgetown patio, a view of the urban streetscape, or an interior feature such as a fireplace around which you create a cozy and elegant space for conversation.
What's the highlight of your home?
April 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories: Home features , Outdoors , Remodeling and repair | Tags: Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, St. Michael's, design, makeover, remodeling, vacation home, windows
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