Custom Appeal

A coastal residence and retreat built by Poole Contracting & Consulting in West Ocean City’s GlenRiddle Farm maximizes water views while accommodating family

Written by Kristen Hampshire  |  Photography by Grant L. Gursky

A beach home and full-time residence, a family gathering place and coastal getaway. The Ward family went into the home-design/build process with multiple missions for a West Ocean City residence that would be a permanent address with vacation vibes. 

The hunt began with lots of drives, followed by a spontaneous conversation with a GlenRiddle Farm resident who raved about builder Mike Poole of Poole Contracting & Consulting. Stacy and John Ward took her tip and were soon touring the neighborhood of open lots to find a destination. 

“Mike Poole was so helpful in giving us ideas of what type of house could go on a certain lot and how we could best utilize the waterfront space,” says Stacy, a Realtor who went into the project with a mind full of ideas from the countless homes she had toured. 

“We needed two main suites — one for my mother-in-law, who lives here full-time, and one for my husband and me,” she says, adding to the punch list a suite for her teenage daughter, Charlotte, along with a fully appointed guest room with a full bath. 

Capturing water views was a priority, so the family decided on a three-story home with a garage/mudroom entry on the first level, main level with an open kitchen and living space flowing into a screened in deck with an open-air sunning area, and a third floor that houses two primary suites and includes outdoor access. 

The aesthetic is coastal, warm and modern, with clean lines, crisp whites, soft grays and pops of color and pattern, such as the powder room’s whimsical dragon wallcovering. The kitchen includes a custom-built, walk-in pantry equipped to house appliances, which Stacy appreciates, as it keeps the countertops clear. 

Custom build-in cabinetry flanks the fireplace, and artisan moldings throughout the home reflect the craftsmanship of Poole and his team, Stacy says. “He understood our style and pays attention to all the details,” she adds, pointing to how cabinetry is illuminated. “And he was great about telling us where it makes sense to spend and where to save.”

“We live on the screened-in porch, have family over and hang out in the kitchen. It’s a place to be together.”

— Stacy Ward

Custom built-ins by Poole Contracting’s team of carpenters, above, enhance the overall seamless vibe while representing purposeful additions to the space.

Mike and his team at Poole Contracting & Consulting have been in business for 21 years, focused on coastal custom homes. “We’ve never built the same house twice,” Poole says. The home will be highlighted on the Sand Castle Home Tour September 29 and 30 in person and September 29-October 31 virtually.

Indeed, the custom appeal resulted in an ideal home for the Wards. It’s a permanent residence, a place where her daughter and family can make beach memories. Stacy says, “We live on the screened-in porch and have family over and hang out in the kitchen. It’s a place to be together.” CS

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