Nestled on Spa Creek, an Annapolis home melds classic architectural forms with modern, open interiors

The right waterfront property is hard to come by near Annapolis, where lots lining the Chesapeake Bay and its picturesque tributaries are always in demand. This was certainly the case for John and Deborah Kontor, who searched long and hard before finding a spot they liked in a charming enclave of older homes. The small lot contained a circa-1940s Colonial overlooking a scenic curve of Spa Creek.

“As soon as I stepped in, I said ‘this is what I want,’” recalls Deborah, a kindergarten teacher. “It needed extensive work, but we fell in love with the lot and the neighborhood.”

The couple was ready to renovate immediately after buying the house—but discovered it was in worse shape than they’d thought. “It didn’t make sense to remodel,” relates Deborah. “There just was not much to work

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