Custom-built rancher is deemed a special gift Couple fills new home with details reflecting their tastes, family values

Dream Home

April 07, 1996|By Karen E. Warmkessel | Karen E. Warmkessel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Carol Ganjon loves the way light plays off the custom-made stained glass panels around her front door. During the day, sunlight sends colors dancing across the hardwood floor in the foyer. At night, inside lights make the colors come alive from the outside.

"I think they're beautiful," said Mrs. Ganjon, 50, who worked with a Westminster craftsman to design the distinctive panels. But, it is more than a matter of aesthetics. The windows bearing the family's name and a half-dozen Christian symbols also define who the Ganjons are.

The panels are Mrs. Ganjon's favorite feature in the one-story brick home she and her husband, Fred, had built last year on 4.8 acres in Ellicott City. But she admits she likes everything about the house she calls "a blessing from the Lord."

The Ganjons, who lived for 26 years in a two-story Colonial in Columbia, moved into their custom-built rancher in the King's Gift Estates in early December.

The house, built by Trinity Homes, has more than 4,000 square feet of living space, including an in-law apartment in the basement.

"We collectively put in a lot of details that we like, a big shower, high ceilings," said Mr. Ganjon, 53, an executive with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"I like the fact that I really don't have to go up and down stairs. I like the fact that we don't have neighbors right on top of us."

"It's kind of in the country, but not too far," said Mrs. Ganjon, a homemaker who is active in church ministries. She said it is only a five-minute trip to the grocery store.

The house has five bedrooms, a kitchen, family room with fireplace, sun room, dining room, three bathrooms, two powder rooms, a screened-in porch, two-car garage and a large deck.

It's at the end of a road in a field visited by deer and groundhogs.

The Ganjons live on the main level with their son Robert, 21, who is a student at Clemson University, and their two dogs, Fergie and Sarah. Their daughters, Carin, 26, and Christy, 24, live in the apartment, although Mrs. Ganjon said, "they're always upstairs with us."

The kitchen, with its white cupboards and counter tops and dark green cooking island, is in the center of the house and opens into the spacious, light-filled family room. The large open area is where the family spends most of its time.

"I didn't want a formal living room. It doesn't work. It doesn't get used," Mrs. Ganjon said.

She has decorated the house with combinations of her favorite colors: burgundy, evergreen and navy blue.

She also mixed new furniture with refinished family antiques, such as the solid mahogany table in the dining room.

Mrs. Ganjon said she and her husband started looking for a one-story house after her ailing father came to live with them in late 1994.

The couple liked Trinity Homes' floor plan, but ultimately changed much of the interior of the original 2,500-square-foot house, moving walls and adding features.

They turned the living room into a sun room, enlarged the kitchen, laundry and master bedroom and created "a real walk-in pantry like my grandmother used to have," Mr. Ganjon said.

To accommodate Mr. Ganjon, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, they raised the kitchen counter 3 inches, installed an extra shower head at 7 feet, raised the clothing rods in the master bedroom closet and raised the basement ceilings. The house already had 9-foot ceilings in most rooms.

"I don't have to wash fingerprints off the ceiling any more," Mrs. Ganjon said. Her husband chuckled.

The Ganjons have nothing but praise for their builder, Trinity Homes, in particular, Lynn Covey, the project manager for custom homes.

Mrs. Ganjon said Mr. Covey, a fellow Christian, prayed with her at the site before the house was built. She said she even "witnessed" to the construction workers who built the house, offering them Bibles as well as homemade fudge and snacks.

"We were in in less than four months. It was absolutely the most wonderful experience I could ever have imagined," Mrs. Ganjon said.

"We lucked out," her husband agreed.

"The Lord gave us this house. Everything went like it was supposed to," Mrs. Ganjon said.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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