This custom residence on a point of land in Annapolis, Maryland, benefited from having had a previous building on the property which was torn down. Although variances to the current Critical Area code were required, we were able to build a home with a slightly larger footprint remarkably close to the shoreline in exchange for environmentally sensitive plantings and an improved drainage system. This resulted in a boat-like structure, anchored near the water’s edge, with overlook balconies, decks, and a gang-plank entry bridge. Minimizing the footprint and maximizing the height, we were able to gain the requested square footage, giving all rooms a view of the surrounding water (similar to a boat). The stairways are stacked behind a three story glass window and incorporate open risers which also offer views of the water.