308 Mulberry by Robert M. Gurney Architect
308 Mulberry is located in Lewes, Delaware and was designed by Robert M. Gurney Architect. The project consists of the renovation of an early 20th-century home. The current owner purchased the historical property in poor condition, with the intention of renovating the existing structure and adding a substantial extension and swimming pool. In the redesign, the exterior of the original structure is meticulously restored. A shed-roofed screened porch, storage room, and poorly proportioned living space added to the back of the house in the early twentieth-century were removed. The original house now contains the main entry and four bedrooms. The interiors are decidedly modern with white walls void of trim, casings, moldings and baseboard that engage white ash flooring. An open, floating staircase, glass walls, aluminum and stainless steel contribute to the modern palette of elements and materials. In juxtaposition to the primarily white interiors of the original house, the interior of the new living pavilion is rich with a variety material, including mahogany walls and ceilings, basalt flooring, white marble countertops and fireplace surround and stainless steel cabinetry. Walls of glass and a long skylight at the ridge allow light to flood the pavilion. Additional pavilions contain a bathroom, an exercise room and a screened porch. The screened porch, with Douglas-Fir walls and ceilings, is located at the end of the swimming pool and contains a fireplace allowing the space to be used late into the fall.