A kind reader asked me to show you around the inside of the “Crab Shack.” You’ve seen the outside, and I’ve mentioned that we actually were going to build a different building, one we called the “Boat House,” modeled after the lighthouses on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. But, after all the soil testing and the modifications and the collapse of the economy, we scaled it down. John found plans online, Katrina cottage plans, and much to our builder’s delight, we still decided to build something. We love our little “Crab Shack,” and yet, if we had it to do over again, there would be a change or two we would make. We don’t have room for a table and chairs, so we would probably push the front of the building out maybe four more feet, giving us room for not only the table, but a dishwasher. It would also make the “living” room a bit bigger, and with the amount of company we sometimes have, that would be a good thing. But for the two of us, it’s wonderful. Have a look:
When Thom, our builder, first painted the place, he called us and said we should come down and take a look at it. He thought the color might be too dark. So we took a trip down, looked at each other and said, “It’s perfect!”
While we were looking at tiles for the backsplash (and bathroom and fireplace) John saw these heron tiles for behind the stove and just fell in love with them. We (as you will see) love using herons in our decorating, so these were perfect! We had to “fit” a refrigerator into the space, we only had so much room, and we were lucky to find something that fit exactly right. I have learned, however, that I don’t really like the freezer on the bottom! I know it’s very popular now, and many people really like it, but I find that things get buried down at the bottom, and with “Reynauds” in my hands, rummaging around in the freezer is not my favorite thing to do. You understand, right? I’m going to stick with the side by side for the main house.
We had this couch, chair and coffee table from our place in Pennsylvania, but we think it goes pretty well here. We had Thom make the TV stand to fit right in between the windows and we bought the leather chair and ottoman because it was a smaller profile and fit in that space so well.
When we first started building, we decided John would do most of the “decorating” of the Crab Shack, and I would do the house. We both wound up making the decisions, but the Crab Shack does have more of a “fishing” cabin feel because of his choices. It’s cute though, it fits the area. The chair on this side is from my mother in law’s apartment, we also think it fits in well.
The stairs at the far end of the living room lead up to the loft. Originally we thought John would use the loft as an office, plus it would also be a bedroom for guests. We found out, however, that the reception for his phone (and therefore his internet connection through his phone) was not the best up there, and he moved his office to the room above the garage. So now, it’s a guest room.
See our fun fan? We first saw it at the Blue Point Restaurant at the Hyatt Resort in Cambridge, MD. (If you’re ever around there, give it a try, the food is great!) It reminded us of boat propellers! So we tracked it down, went to Dan’s Fan City in Laurel, MD and we think it fits in perfectly!
Okay, moving on, as you walk down the hallway, the first room after the kitchen on the right hand side is the bathroom. When we first saw the room before it was actually built, when it was just studs, I couldn’t picture how everything would fit it! I thought we’d be squished in the shower so that your arms would be touching all the walls! But, small as it is, it’s got plenty of room!
After the bathroom, again on the right hand side, is the mudroom/laundry room. Thom did advise us to add to the original plans in the back part of the house, so we expanded it about 4 feet. It gave us a bigger mudroom, and also a bigger bedroom.
And then, if you’re back in the hallway, the room on the left hand side is our bedroom. We’re so glad Thom advised us to make it bigger. We love waking up and being able to look out at the water. We pinch ourselves and can’t believe we were lucky enough to find and buy this property.
Thank you for joining our tour of the inside of the Crab Shack. It was the first time we built anything, and we never realized how many decisions and choices we’d have to make. It gave us a good preview of what we’ll be doing when we start building the house next year. I’ve read if a couple can survive building a house together, they can survive anything. We say, bring it on!
Enjoy the sunset!