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Featured Home - Custom colonial combines space with comfort

April 25, 2005|by DAVE THOMPSON of HomeSource

This week's HomeSource Feature Home exudes the homey appeal of a small house while offering the living space and storage of a large one.

The custom-built colonial features brick from Washington County's Cushwa plant, cedar trim, and many design features inspired by Southern Living magazine. According to the current owner, it features "good bones" with 2-by-6 construction.

The home's charm begins the moment you walk into the entrance foyer with its oak flooring (featured in all main-level rooms) and extra-wide stairway.

Off the foyer to the left is an 11-by-14-foot study that's perfect for a home office. Custom cherry bookshelves and drawers by local cabinetmaker Mel Horst add warmth and functionality to the room. The wide drawers, which provide room for hanging files, are a nice touch. French doors, crown molding and chair rails make the study a pleasant place to work or relax.

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On the other side of the foyer is a formal dining room, which at 14-by-14 has enough space to accommodate large dinner parties. Chair rails and hardwood flooring add elegance. A thoughtful feature is a small butler's pantry, located in a short passageway between the dining room and kitchen. The pantry is a good place to store glassware or decorative items for special occasions. It could also be used as a small bar.

The large (27-by-15), well-designed gourmet kitchen features more custom cherry cabinetry, Corian countertops, a center island with a glass cook top, and an eat-in area with plenty of room for a large table. Top-grade appliances such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, GE Profile microwave and KitchenAid in-wall ovens have been installed. Practical features include a ceramic double sink, built-in desk and pantry.

A screened-in porch off the kitchen features a stamped concrete floor and round exterior columns. An open porch next to the screened porch includes a built-in GE Monogram gas grill.

When the weather is too cold for the porch, the warm family room next to the kitchen is a great area for drinks and conversation. Although it's a large room at 28-by-14, an elegant brick fireplace, recessed lighting and Palladian windows make it a cozy retreat.

Walk down a hall (past yet more built-in shelving) from the family room and you arrive at something that wouldn't be out of place in a New York luxury hotel. In 2000, a master bedroom suite wing was added to the house, and the result is something to behold.

The 33-by-14 room includes a window seat, built-in desk, oak flooring, plasma TV, a sitting area and built-in shelving. But that's only the beginning. Off the main room is a 14-by-14 walk-in that's more dressing room than closet. It includes a vanity and sink, built-in shelves and drawers to hold the largest wardrobe. Then there's the master bath with its garden tub, steam shower with seat and cherry vanity. An outside entrance leads to a fenced-in private sitting area off the bedroom, and there's also a laundry room.

With a new master bedroom on the main level, that means the old master is one of the three upstairs bedrooms. It's an impressive 20-by-14, featuring a private shower bath, laundry room, ceramic tile floor, cherry vanities, skylights in both bath and bedroom, a built-in wall unit with drawers, large walk-in closet and vaulted ceiling. Two other large bedrooms feature double closets and are served by a full hall bath.

The lower level contains a finished recreation room with Berber carpet. At 22-by-23, the room has plenty of space for game tables or large-screen TVs. Another finished 13-by-11 room provides even more usable area. A large cedar closet located off the mechanical room provides protection for valuable garments when they're not in use.

The cedar closet is typical of the out-of-the-ordinary features that abound in this home. For example, there's a separate mud room with outside entrance just off the two-car garage. A craft room near the garage provides a secluded spot for special projects.

A more whimsical feature is the detached carriage house. The attractive brick structure, featuring old-fashioned side-by-side entry doors, provides space for up to three vehicles. An unfinished loft adds storage area for tools or equipment.

For additional information on this attractive home, contact Pat Brunner of Mackintosh Realtors at 301-662-0155 or 800-727-7653.

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