Blue Beauty at Chesapeake Beach
From the foundation up, Bill and Cindy Morgan Chambers build the warm and welcoming cottage of their dreams
Writer & Photographer: Vickie Kite Milburn
When Bill and Cindy Morgan Chambers decided to sell their home in Broomes Island to move to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and buy a house in 2017, they were hoping to play more golf and eventually retire there.
Bill, formerly of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, transferred to the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Cindy, who once owned Main Street Copy & Design, also joined SACC in 2019.
It was a difficult decision to leave Calvert County and family and friends to which they were so attached. But they knew they would visit often.
It didn’t take long for them to realize that their roots in Southern Maryland were too deep to dig up.
Cindy’s mother and stepfather lived in Breezy Point and both had health issues and needed extra care. Bill and Cindy were doing a lot of commuting between the two places and decided they really needed a home base.
CALVERT COUNTY IS CALLING
They made the decision to find a house that was close to her parents so that it could be used as a second home and a family retreat.
Cindy, who has a creative eye and lots of decorating talent, had renovated several homes. When she spotted an old beach cottage in Chesapeake Beach, she was excited to show it to Bill. But upon arrival at the house for a tour, Bill decided to stay in the car since the house was in such disrepair.
Cindy thought otherwise. She saw the charm in the cottage and had a vision of what it could become.
In 2019, they purchased it and began working with contractor Chris Turner Construction, whom Bill and Cindy really enjoyed working with. They praised his attention to detail, patience for changes and quality of workmanship.
THE REBUILD BEGINS
Cindy had hoped to be able to renovate the current structure, but unfortunately due to structural damage, the house had to be taken down to the foundation. They were able to save one original wall.
They would build a new house on the same footprint. Taking down the house gave Cindy more freedom to the build the cottage of her dreams.
Cindy got busy planning the design, décor and furnishings. She wanted a true cottage with a front porch, board and batten, contrasting colors of dark blue and teal, white furnishings, hardwood floors, a white kitchen and farmhouse sink.
She began searching for furnishings at vintage stores and decorated most of the house with pieces she personally painted using a sprayer and chalk paint!
She decorated the house as one unit, pulling the same color scheme throughout.
Cindy discovered nautical art by Kim Hovell and created several groupings of her prints throughout the house. She searched for the perfect tile for the bathroom that tied to the dark navy on the walls. She planned every detail down to the window boxes and gardens surrounding the house. The exterior colors of navy and white create the perfect beach cottage presence.
It took one year to build, and the completed project is warm, welcoming, relaxing and cottage-charming. They finished the house in April 2020. What an incredible place to be COVID-quarantined! •