Annapolis home leverages smart design for waterfront living

Baltimore at Home

Perched atop a steep slope on the banks of the South River, this Annapolis-area home boasts outdoor living fit for its stunning backdrop.

But perhaps more notably, the multifunctional design makes smart use of the limited space. The house, designed by Alt Breeding Schwartz Architects and constructed by Pyramid Builders, takes up a sizable chunk of its small lot. So when landscape architect Robert C. Hruby was asked to relocate the pool, he got creative, reconfiguring the property with elements that serve a dual purpose.

"We had to make it look like it's always been there," says Hruby, a principal at Campion Hruby, who brought in Walnut Hill Landscape Co. for planting and stonework. "It's all very tightly orchestrated."

The striking knife-edge pool functions as recreation and decoration. A Pennsylvania bluestone wall serves as a pool fence and a planter. Portions of the lawn are terraced with granite cobble to act as stairs and minimize the runoff from the property. And the slope, replanted with native flora, satisfies local codes while adding beauty to the vista.

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