Victorian decor gives the feel of a mansion Colonial in Eldersburg still a work in progress for 'downsizing' owner

Dream Home

June 30, 1996|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Barbara Patterson's dream home is still in the making, but already there are plenty of signs that her new two-story Colonial house in Carroll County is being transformed into a mini-Victorian mansion.

A collection of 19th-century teacups and teapots shares space with china and bisque dolls on ornate shelves of antique display cabinets. Oriental area rugs cover parts of the wall-to-wall carpeted floors in the living room and adjacent dining room. Swatches of flower-patterned fabric and samples of wallpaper with coordinating borders give visions of the soon-to-be installed window treatments and walls that will echo the warmth and style of each room.

Patterson moved into her newly built house in the Carrolltown subdivision in Eldersburg six weeks ago, and the moment she stepped into the open two-story foyer, she knew she had walked into her dream house.

"It's my dream home, because it really is all mine and buying it has given me a great sense of independence," Patterson said.

Divorced five years ago, Patterson, a program specialist for the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department, in December sold the large home she and her family occupied for 18 years and went house shopping.

"My son is living on his own and my two daughters are in college -- it was time to downsize," Patterson said.

But she still wanted a single-family house large enough to hold her treasured antiques and vast doll collection complete with a Victorian dollhouse and antique doll furniture.

After weeks of looking at older homes and newly built models and talking to numerous developers, Patterson decided on The Gilmor, a two-story house built by Dorsey Family Homes.

"It's the best house I could find for the money and the developer was easy to work with, always willing to customize the plans to my needs," she said.

Base prices for three- and four-bedroom homes in the new subdivision range from $143,900 to $176,900. Each style of the single-family Colonial homes received its name from Civil War officers.

The Gilmor, named after Lt. Col. Harry Gilmor, a Confederate officer from Maryland, features four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a family room off the kitchen, a first-floor laundry, an open two-story foyer, a two-car garage and a full basement.

"What really sold me on the house was the large bay window in the family room -- it brings in the outdoors," Patterson said.

She also liked the open design of the first floor, stating, "It's cheerful and airy and one room just seems to flow into the other."

The living room, dining room, kitchen and family room, laundry and powder room are easily accessible from the large foyer. Four bedrooms and two baths are on the second floor.

Though Colonial in design, Patterson appreciates that the future is very much present in the house. Dual-pane vinyl windows tilt in for cleaning, the attic and walls are insulated, and maintenance-free vinyl siding covers the exterior. The modern kitchen is lined with spacious cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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