Serenity on the South River
Waterfront living brings great beauty and pleasure as well as special costs, responsibilities, and restrictions. Many of those restrictions are designed to protect the Chesapeake Bay. In Anne Arundel County, there is a buffer zone for waterfront properties, which limits any kind of development within one hundred feet of the shoreline.
When an Annapolis homeowner decided to install a swimming pool for his South River home, these factors came into play. To comply with county and state setback requirements, the pool is located on the side of the house rather than in between the house and the river. But this side location offers an advantage. When the homeowners look out the window, the pool does not distract from their views of the South River, especially of concern during the winter when the pool is covered.
The pool is designed to accommodate both lap and recreational swimming. The homeowner wanted a pool for his family’s enjoyment and because he had been a swimmer in high school and college and continues to swim, including the 4.4-mile Chesapeake Bay swim. In preparing for that swim, he practices in both the pool and the South River.
Since this family moved into their home on Melvin Road, they have remodeled their property a number of times, beginning with the house itself. Working with architect Leo Wilson of Hammond Wilson Architects in Annapolis, they added a wing onto the two storied contemporary house, which required removing a large deck attached to the back of the house. The newly designed house, built by Pyramid Builders, with its gambrel roof, is influenced by Dutch Colonial and Shingle Style residential architecture. In addition to the new wing, the homeowners added family and game rooms, and a second kitchen in the lower level, making outdoor entertaining more convenient.
Following the home remodel, the homeowners turned to the landscape, including the pool addition. Oehme van Sweden and Associates, a firm in Washington, D.C., conceived the initial pool and landscape plan. McHale Landscape Design of Annapolis made revisions to the plan and brought the whole project into fruition.
Each landscape project brings its own special challenges. In this case, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system next to the house had to be relocated. In addition, to construct the pool so close to the house, Steve McHale notes that the house had to be underpinned to provide more support to the foundation.
- McHale Landscape Design, www.mchalelandscape.com
- Oehme van Sweden, www.ovsla.com
- Sunset Group, www.sunsetgroupmd.com
- Hammond Wilson, www.hammondwilson.com
- Pyramid Builders, www.pyramid-builders.com