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Dream Home

February 02, 1997|By Jill L. Kubatko | Jill L. Kubatko,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When Vasant Nayak and his wife, Sheela Murthy, began looking for their dream home in late 1994, they had no idea it had been built a dozen years earlier.

The couple had looked at more than 100 homes, several lots and various house plans, but hadn't found what they wanted: a contemporary with large windows and wooded land.

The couple believed they would have to buy property and build a home to fit their requirements.

But they were wrong. On what was to be their last day of house hunting in late March last year, they found their perfect home.

Nestled in a wooded area of the Green Valley North community in Owings Mills and surrounded by 8 acres of mature trees was a custom-built, cedar-sided contemporary with 27 windows -- some spanning an entire wall and others as large as doors.

"We saw it and went, 'Wow!' Even if we had built a home, we couldn't have gotten a lot like this," said Murthy, a business-immigration lawyer with her own firm in Owings Mills. "It was love at first sight."

A stream running through the backyard was "a bonus," she said.

"The guy who designed it, I would love to thank him," Murthy said. "I love the curves and angles. You can stand anywhere in the house and see the outside. You can see the greenery, the sky and the woods."

Another plus was the previous owners' landscaping. With Oriental grasses, shrubbery and flowers blooming all through the spring and summer, the property is almost maintenance-free.

On a recent day, deer tracks dotted the snow-covered yard. "Deer come down to drink water and hang around," said Nayak, a professor who teaches digital art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. "Fox, deer and squirrels also come around here."

Originally from India, the couple had their fill of apartment living while attending college in the United States. Before moving in August, they had lived in a townhouse in Fox Ridge at McDonough.

"We lived in nice homes in India and we got used to the space," Murthy said of choosing a detached home this time around.

The first floor of the 3,200-square-foot home features a living room with a 28-foot ceiling and expansive windows overlooking the front yard and driveway.

Contemporary furniture faces the wood-encased fireplace. On a square coffee table is a miniature Zen garden, complete with small stones and a miniature rake, a gift given to Nayak by his brother.

Two-sided fireplaces

A unique feature of the home are the two-sided fireplaces. On the first floor, the fireplace opens to the living room and the dining room.

The master bedroom overlooks the living room and has an extension of the fireplace, where it faces the bedroom and a small sitting area that has two chairs situated next to a 5-by-4 foot window.

One can enjoy the warmth of the fire as well as the view. "It's really kind of romantic," Murthy said.

Behind a wall in the bedroom and down a short hallway are four clothes closets -- three for her and one for him. They also have a lighted vanity area and a separate master bath. With no basement, the home features a lot of storage space tucked here and there.

Two bedrooms have been converted into office space: One houses two desks and another is filled with Nayak's computer and digital equipment. The fourth bedroom is for guests.

The first floor has a half bath with a pedestal sink and toilet imported from London.

In the eat-in kitchen, the table is well-placed for gazing at the woods. A sliding-glass door opens to a wraparound deck along the back.

Down from the kitchen is the recreation room, where they plan on many sets of table tennis -- Murthy's favorite sport.

"It's pretty comfortable for my friends and it looks OK for her friends. It's casual, sophisticated and elegant at the same time," Nayak said.

The house has details not usually found in homes dating back 14 years, such as an alarm panel next to the bed in the master bedroom; an intercom system connected to a stereo -- that can be controlled from every room; and next to the living room fireplace is a small door through which firewood from the outside can be placed without having to be hauled through the house.

The only improvements planned are a coat of paint and new appliances and carpeting. After seven months, the couple is still enthusiastic.

"One usually gets used to a place once they have been there a while," Nayak said. "But that's not the case here. I thought we would take it for granted but we notice it every day."

"Aren't we lucky, we can wake up each day and see the seasons changing," Murthy said.

Nayak added, "It fits our spirit."

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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