Modern in Maryland

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The double-height "great room" has a palette of colors and materials which uniquely fuse natural and manipulated materials.

The double-height "great room" has a palette of colors and materials which uniquely fuse natural and manipulated materials.

All the same, the mezzanine opening up into the salon ends in a corridor of glass, assuring a full view of the comings and goings between the kitchen, living room and the pool. The Werners can even keep an eye on the children while they play in the family room — without leaving the kitchen’s work area.

Above all, the space is open. The flooring, done in grey stone all the way from the terrace to the entrance of the living room, perfectly accentuates the fluidity the owners hold so dear. Three bedrooms — all in a row, much like at a motel — are each accessible by two doors, permitting the couple’s kids to reach their rooms by way of an outside floating teakwood deck as well as by the traditional route through the house. Cole pushed for this wing to be set off at a 120 degree angle: an unusual choice, but one which parallels the street and sets the master bedroom in a lush canopy of weeping willows.

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