Brian G Thornton Designs. LLC is pleased to announce the completion of the firm's first major commission. The C. C. Hogan residence on the Magothy River essentially launched this firm in the summer of 2001. The renovation and new construction project had an aggressive 11-month design-build schedule that has been met with aplomb. This 6,200 SF executive waterfront home is on the western shore of the Magothy River on Gibson Island, MD. BGTD has transformed this 44-year-old bi-level rancher into a 21st century shingle-style home with new energy/HVAC, security and lighting systems. One of the initial tasks was to reorganize the circulation, add a fifth bedroom and a triple garage/guest quarters, while giving the house a street presence it never had. New creature comforts and practical finishes for a young executive couple and their four small children are elegant, yet casual. The original home was a vacation residence, but it will serve as the primary home for the Hogans. In addition to the bedrooms, there are five and one-half baths, an Owner's Suite, formal reception foyer, private offices, Great Room, children's play room and an old world gourmet kitchen to complete the interior. A neutral palette connects all of the open spaces in a fifty-foot long paneled gallery with mesquite plank flooring on both levels. New barrel-vaulted ceilings invite natural lighting into once dark spaces. Construction commenced in December 2001, and was substantially completed in early June 2002. The entire house was gutted, ceilings raised beneath existing roofs, and clad in rich black stained cedar shingles and over-scaled board trim. A new slate roof, copper gutters and dormers add interest as does the whimsical outriggers and blue stone foundations. The main feature along the waterside is an 800 SF western red cedar deck that connects all of the upper level rooms in a gentle curve as a nod to its nautical locale. The shingle-clad chimney has been fashioned as a silhouette of a lighthouse to amplify the coastal theme as well. BGTD was responsible for the design of all of the custom millwork, custom doors and windows as well. With the expert attention of Horizon Builders in Crofton, MD, this project has exceeded the team's expectations.