Antique Ambience A New Home For Old Treasures

October 04, 1992|By Yolanda Garfield

Elegant as a country manor, relaxed as a golf-club condo, this RTC traditional Baltimore County colonial marries the best of both styles.

For its owner, a busy executive with a teen-age daughter, this golf-course house represents the culmination of years of dreaming and hard work. When his career success permitted him to buy the house of his dreams, he hired Bonnie Crawford, of Crawford Design in Ellicott City, who had worked with him on previous home design projects.

The owner counts among his interests a love of fine antiques, and he wanted to display pieces he had collected in the new house: very fine decoys, paperweights, miniature boxes and portable writing desks.

He also wanted to reconfigure and enlarge space in the home for entertaining large and small groups; to create luxurious intimate areas with a masculine ambience for private sections of the house; and to incorporate collections of antiques as well as furnishings from previous homes. To achieve these goals, Ms. Crawford worked with architect Donald B. Ratcliffe and Lance Lochary Property Construction of Baltimore.

The team began by enlarging the entrance hall and rebuilding the staircase so that it widened at the bottom. The result was a more formal and gracious appearance. In the process, an existing den was eliminated and a new powder room added.

The enlarged entrance hall gives visitors a view of the living room, which was doubled in size when the rear of the house was removed and a solariumlike space was added to the original living room. Now the front, or formal side of the living room, focuses on the fireplace, while the more informal, windowed side overlooks the golf course. Here, faux-painted columns and pilasters provide a visual division between the living room's two areas.

A new, very informal den is a buffer between the formal living room and the very private master bedroom at the end of the first floor. French doors in the bedroom open to a brick patio, where outdoor entertaining will take place. With a great view of the golf course, the patio is the place for kicking back and relaxing.

Back inside the den, remote controls are strategically placed to do everything from clicking on the television to lighting the fireplace. The latter boasts a late 19th century oak mantel found by the owner and restored to pristine condition.

Solid cherry paneling, brass fixtures and dark green marble tile join together to dress the master bath in the ultimate in luxurious appointments. Here, display space is made for the owner's collection of polo prints and antique boxes.

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