HAMPSTEAD -- Patrick and Susanne Flynn haven't owned Cascade Lake very long, but the couple has big plans for the 22-acre water resort in Hampstead.
The Flynns, who purchased the property, at 3000 Snydersburg Road, in April, want to make the predominantly summer resort available in the off-season.
"Our goal is to have a facility which is open year-round," said Mr. Flynn, 50. "We would like to have a facility where we could cater weddings or have groups in that would like to have a function in the winter. Right now, we cannot do that."
Mrs. Flynn, 35, said that while plans to expand are still in the thought process, they are definite about the direction they are taking. "We know what we want to do with it," Mrs. Flynn said.
The Flynns are looking to construct a facility to accommodate large groups that want to plan special functions at the lake.
Within the next 12 months, Mr. Flynn said, plans will be drawn depicting a three-story facility to be built on the lake. Each level will have 5,000 square feet.
"The bottom level, which would be on the lake, would be used for concerts," Mr. Flynn said. "The next level or ground floor would be suitable for banquets and the like. It would be able to hold about 300 to 400 people. The top level would be a family apartment or penthouse. This is where we plan to live."
In addition to the 15,000-square-foot building, the plans will include a deck at each level overlooking the 6-acre lake.
"We are planning on having a lot of glass on the side looking out to the lake," Mrs. Flynn said. "I can just imagine what it would be like with the fall colors on the lake. It must be spectacular."
The attraction to resort property was something that came naturally to Mr. Flynn. As a college student in Ireland and later in the United States, he worked at resorts in Britain and in Cape Cod, Mass.
"When I saw the lake, I fell in love with it," Mr. Flynn recalled. "I saw it on a Sunday, took a tour with the real estate agent on Tuesday, and by Thursday we had put in a contract."
Mrs. Flynn agreed: "The lake is just beautiful. You can't possibly come here and not love it."
Mr. Flynn, a professor of sociology and business administration at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, said the new building should be constructed within two years.
"Within an 18-month period, we hope to have the facility completed," he said.
The Flynns now live in the main house, which sits at the front of the lake property. Before they moved, a 44-acre sheep and beef cattle farm in Mount Airy was home for the couple and their two sons, Cameron, 6, and Rory, 3.