A collaboration between property owners and T&G Builders produces a spectacular North Ocean City home
Written by Joe Willey
Photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg
The relaxed, inviting view of the waterfront is a relentless call, but one that has been answered by both Mike and Mary Strittmatter, thanks to the team at T&G Builders. The couple and Berlin-based design/build company collaborated on the complete renovation of an impressive yet relaxed home nestled on a quiet bayside property in North Ocean City. The partnership was a fruitful one and resulted in a custom-made home that fits both the family’s needs and personality. When considering a second home, choosing the North Ocean City location was easy for the Strittmatters. “We love the view, and we love being near our friends,” says a pleased Mary Strittmatter. The proximity to their primary residence in Potomac, MD, was also an appealing prospect. Choosing a builder to complete the project was almost as easy. On the advice of neighbors, the Strittmatters interviewed T&G Builders — and there wasn’t a need for further interviews with other contractors. Mary, who operates Strittmatter Interiors, was impressed. She smiles when describing what she enjoyed about working with T&G Builders. They were “trustworthy, reliable and do wonderful custom work.” That is high praise from an experienced interior designer.
Though the house was poised to provide a spectacular waterfront view when the Strittmatters purchased the residence, it was obscured by heavy columns and oppressive walls. Working with architect Warren Ralson and T&G Builders, the Strittmatters created an open floor plan with unobstructed views of Assawoman Bay. Entering the home and viewing the bay through a bank of windows is reminiscent of being on an ocean liner. The home exudes an easy coastal style that is “all flip-flops and grilling.” The interior is warm, inviting and casual. And that is the point. “There is nothing formal about this house at all,” she said approvingly.
What is almost as impressive as the view and the attention to detail are the compliments Strittmatter has for T&G Builders. “They were passionate, so enthusiastic,” she exclaimed. She was thankful to use a local company and saw firsthand how they worked together and offered creative solutions during the renovation process. Collaborations often result in satisfying work. This welcoming home with an impressive view is an example of a homeowner’s vision and a builder’s attention to detail. The results are found in a home that, like the waterfront, gives its own relentless call.
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