Project Description

Accessible Country Home 

Davis, Bowen & Friedel designed this one-story 5,000 SF brick and stone home located in a rural part of eastern Wicomico County, Maryland. Situated on 30 acres of land, and well off a country road, the owners selected a site that was secluded and surrounded by nature.

The primary goal of this project was to create an accessible home for the client’s handicapped son. With this in mind, the garage was raised to the level of the house for ease of access for a wheelchair. In addition to prioritizing accessible spaces for their son, the homeowners also wanted to ensure that this home would continue to fit their needs as they grow old in their forever home, leading to the one-story open floor plan.

The garage leads to a sizeable mudroom that enters into the central area of the house. This area contains the kitchen, dining and living room, as well as the front foyer which are open to each other with a sunroom located on the opposite end of the central plan from the foyer. The sun room provides a small-scale room designed as a quiet area for privacy and early morning seclusion so as not to wake the rest of the house.

A den/library separates the master bedroom and the accessible bedroom from the center area. The location of the accessible bedroom was very important to our client and placing it in a far corner of the house flanked by closets and other rooms provided a noise barrier. This bedroom also includes a roll in shower and lavatory necessary for the care of their son.

For the exterior, natural materials were selected to harmoniously blend the home into its natural surroundings. The owners enjoy caring for the land, farming it, and maintaining a naturescape that foxes, deer, waterfowl and other creatures can also enjoy. The peace and solace of the site and natural views in every direction are loved by all.

Wicomico County, Maryland

Private Owner

Services Provided:
Architecture, Engineering, Surveying

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