Who would have thought that a casual Labor Day party would lead to a task more difficult and more exciting for a designer than creating a home of one’s own?   “Looking” for a house is somewhat like “looking” for a puppy, they find you!  That is what happened when I joined my friend, and realtor, Susan, for a gathering at her waterfront cottage on Breton Bay.  Our journey began the following day (in the pouring rain).  We took in thirteen waterfront homes in all the nooks, crannies, bays and inlets of  St. Mary’s County.  It was then that our house found us;  the view took my breath away.   Perched 15 feet above the Potomac River, I felt as though I was on top of the world.

“A pig in a blanket,” is what our architect Ernie Pfieff called our new home;  nice on the outside, not so much on the inside. We quickly discovered a renovation was not the next step in designing our dream home.  We found that the foundation was a decomposing mess of concrete pilings. I was not keen on the idea of tearing down the existing structure and starting from square one. But looking back, it was the right decision.

The next step…finding our contractor.  We interviewed several. It’s very important to meet and interview the person we would be “married” to for the next 6-12 months.  Enter David Norris owner of Coastal Contracting, who has been framing homes since he was 15 years old and specializes in water front homes.

Stay tuned for additional installments…