A Welcome Addition

BY DESIGN

November 22, 1992|By YOLANDA GARFIELD

Some couples trade their house for a condo when the children are grown. Others enlarge the family home in anticipation of years of visits from children and grandchildren.

One couple who opted for the latter took their ideas to Bolton Hill architect Laura Melville Thomas. She transformed their 1958 standard Colonial into a beautiful family enclave by adding a new garage and then turning the old garage into a large kitchen complete with soaring ceilings and intimate breakfast area with fireplace. A staircase connects the children's rooms with the new kitchen, keeping down traffic in the parents' area.

The relocated kitchen also is full of large windows that flood the house with sunlight and offer lovely views of the garden and pool areas.

The switch has brought other bonuses, too. The home's original design placed the front door an inaccessible distance from the driveway, and made the old garage more prominent than the owners liked. Guests often couldn't find the front door and hTC marched into the kitchen through the garage. Now there are two entries: an elegant, formal porticoed front entry easily seen from the driveway, and an informal but attractive side entry.

The contractor on the work was Eddie Lockard, Reisterstown. Interior design was by Swann-Hall Associates.

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