Bay Ridge is a very popular neighborhood in Annapolis that is right on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The community started in the very early 20th century as summer cottages for families from Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore. Our clients purchased one of the original bungalows built shortly after the end of WWI. The house was built of clay blocks, many of which had cracked over the decades. It would have been prohibitively expensive to repair the house and then expand it to meet the clients needs, so we proposed taking this one down. (A salvage company spent two weeks disassembling the house and more than half of all the materials were taken to be re-used, rather than to a landfill.) But the client loved the original wraparound porch and the beach cottage feel, so we designed the new house to be in keeping with what was torn down — only about two times as large. The project is about 80% complete.