Build + Remodel
There are many contemporary homes built in the ’70s and ’80s that are aging about as well as shag carpeting. One such house in Baltimore County was rescued by a creative couple with a vision and an architect with the skill to bring the dated home into a new century.
It was not love at first [...]
By Catherine Mallette
Every year, a couple of local groups honor contractors and builders for the best home renovations of the year. Chesapeake Home + Living is proud to sponsor both the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM) and the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association (MICA) annual awards.
Here, we showcase some of the top award winners for [...]
By Marie Marciano Gullard
Near the end of a private road along the waterfront of Annapolis’ Crab Creek, a paved driveway lined with river rock stops abruptly, giving way to the unexpected sight of Stephen and Mary Duncan’s distinctly modern home.
The house rises up in horizontal lines of red Balau wood, a natural material that looks [...]
This year’s ASID award winners share an aesthetic of elegance, whether designing for an entire estate or redoing a single room.
Each year, Chesapeake Home + Living partners with the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers to award excellence in design. Categories for the contest include residential and commercial projects, with specific awards [...]
The four projects selected for this year’s AIA Baltimore/Chesapeake Home + Living residential design awards are studies in beauty, clarity and restraint.
By Catherine Mallette
On a hot summer day, in the cool basement of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s headquarters, three judges met to debate the relative merits of the 20 entries [...]
An Annapolis architect and his wife build their dream home with principles that will help them age in place, plenty of green design ideas and light-flooded, contemporary space for their beloved art collection.
When architect Al Graf and his wife Marcia Marshall built their new home in Eastport, Md., they designed it to be their [...]
Two friends — one an award-winning chef, the other an interior design expert — host an al fresco fall dinner party featuring seasonal dishes, roasted wild boar and fine Italian wines.
Jamie Merida loves his home, Boxwood Hill, on the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore, which he shares with his partner Vincent Bochin and their [...]
When they’re not on stage, a trio of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians finds inspiration and energy in the homes where they’ve put their creative stamps.
Andrew Balio, principal trumpet
Restoring graneur in Mount Vernon
For Andrew Balio, coming to Baltimore in 2000 to play principal trumpet for the symphony was a little bit like coming home.
The Wisconsin [...]
A single woman’s small D.C. apartment gets a big city makeover
When Andrea Kafka purchased her Washington, D.C. condominium in 2009, it had everything a stylish, 32-year-old professional woman could want: nearly 10-foot ceilings creating a loft aesthetic, floor-to-ceiling windows providing ample light and a great location in the heart of the lively U Street neighborhood. [...]
A doctor’s home gets beautifully re-energized
Tara DeYampert is a successful 47-year-old obstetrician/gynecologist from Baltimore. But she had a problem at home. In fact, the problem was her home.
It was dark, it was disorganized, and it wasn’t giving her the kind of haven she needed at the end of a busy work day after commuting to [...]