Clarksville abode is a work in progress Family still making changes to house built from a modified design

Dream Home

April 21, 1996|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Antelmans moved into their new Clarksville home two years ago after a year of construction and two years of planning, but they're still working on it.

Dr. Robert Antelman, a specialist in internal medicine, and his wife, Berni Antelman, a social worker, had been living in the Columbia village of Kings Contrivance. Several years ago, they began to tour new houses and model homes in the Baltimore and Washington suburbs, taking pictures and making videotapes of houses and features they liked.

"We always knew we wanted to build a house someday," Mrs. Antelman said.

They ended up with a two-story brick home on a 4 1/2 -acre wooded lot built by the Siegel Organization of Owings Mills, which modified a design in a plan book by David E. Wiggins, a Cedar Park, Texas, architect.

The home faces southeast to get the morning sun in the front and the evening sun in the rear. It has several Palladian windows to spread daylight on Mrs. Antelman's house plants.

Dr. Antelman has sufficient space in their three-car garage for the restoration of two 1965 Pontiacs.

However, he is still working on the house. He said the builder let him "really get involved with the construction."

His work included the design and construction of lights shining on the ceiling from the top of the kitchen cabinets and on a barrel vault used to make room for the top of a Palladian window in the living room.

By computer, he designed tile layouts in the bathrooms, including a powder room that includes a band of alternating black and navy blue diamonds.

He also designed the stacked-glass chandelier and sconces in the dining room and a hand-cranked winch that lowers the glass and brass chandelier in the foyer for cleaning or bulb replacement.

The front door opens on the two-story foyer. On the left are the living room, a study that can be converted to a bedroom, a sun room full of plants and a scale-model dollhouse. Directly behind the foyer is the family room, with windows looking out on a terrace with a view of the woods.

The living room, which also rises the full two-story height of the foyer, includes a marble fireplace flanked by white cabinets of shiny laminate with black tops and shelves, which hold a completed three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle their 8-year-old son, Marc, assembled.

On the right of the foyer is the dining room, linked to the kitchen and breakfast room by a small butler's pantry.

The kitchen includes three built-in ovens, a central island with a cook top built in, and customized cupboards for their toaster and toaster oven. They measured the appliances at their old home to get the right dimensions. It also holds the controls for an automated system that turns lights on at sunset, operates the heating, cooling and alarm systems and can perform other functions the Antelmans have yet to try.

The breakfast room, with skylights, features a built-in ceramic bench that holds plants.

The kitchen connects with a mud room, which has a door to the garage. There's also a second front door, frequently used by the family, and a sink Mrs. Antelman uses for working with plants.

To reach the second floor, there is an angled stairway at the left side of the foyer, which leads to a bridge between the two halves of the second floor.

On the left are bedrooms for Marc and their daughter, Jennifer, 13. To the right is a guest bedroom with bath, a laundry room and the master suite.

Mrs. Antelman says she insisted on the location of the laundry room despite warnings of noise and vibration, because she saw no point "in carrying things downstairs to bring them back upstairs." The room has extra sound-proofing.

The master suite is entered through a sitting room. To one side is the master bathroom and dressing rooms with built-in shelves.

The bathroom and dressing rooms are also connected to the sitting room, so that an early riser need not return to the bedroom while preparing to leave.

Though the house is generally done in modern and art deco styles, the furnishing is not complete, Mrs. Antelman said. Much of the furniture in the family room will be moved to a basement recreation room that Dr. Antelman is framing.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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