Inspired by historic homes in the Chesapeake area, Maryland Tidewater House is made up of three distinct units-the main house, a central connector, and a master bedroom wing. French doors set between square brick pillars convert the front portico into a hallway linking the areas. The main house contains formal living areas with side hall and powder room below and two bedrooms in the half story above.
At the center of the design is an open-plan connector, which includes family room, combination kitchen/breakfast room, pantry, and laundry. Brick flooring ties these areas together visually. Skylights make the connector bright and welcoming. A glassed porch in front and an open garden porch in the rear give views to the outdoors. The master bedroom wing is the third element in the plan. It includes a vaulted ceiling, a formal fireplace with fretwork mantel, and built-in bookcases. This house plan was designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama.