In tune with nature, family Custom touches make house just right, with room to grow

Dream Home

March 30, 1997|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A personal space for everyone in the family.

Distinct separation of public and private rooms.

Enough closets to keep clutter at bay.

A flag pole in the front yard overlooking magnificent views of a country setting.

These are some of the features that have created a dream for Cathie and Steve Deadrick.

After spending five years visiting model homes, taking pictures, sketching floor plans and collecting ideas, the Deadricks hired Marsh Builders and got the custom home of their vision, a four-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bath brick house in Monrovia, a Frederick County community between Mount Airy and Damascus.

"The house took five years to plan and nine months to build," said Cathie. "It was worse than having a baby."

But she's sure it was worth it. "It is all we ever hoped for," she said.

The Deadricks rented an old house in Monrovia during the years they were planning, dreaming, scheming and saving for the $365,000 fantasy home they have lived in since 1994.

During those years, they also learned what they didn't want in a house -- inadequate storage space, for one. There are closets galore in the new house, including walk-in closets and linen closets in each bedroom. Two coat closets flank the front door, a special cubby houses the central vacuum cleaner, and there's a pantry in the kitchen.

Another dream feature is the setting for their 3,300-square-foot home.

Situated in a cul-de-sac on 1.25 acres, it sits on a hill that overlooks meadows and woods, where red fox and deer are spotted.

"Our home is built so well that the only time [the builder] has ever been back was to take photos for the home show," she said. "You hear so many stories of new houses that have leaking roofs or settling cracks -- we haven't had a single problem."

Beyond the brick sidewalk and solid mahogany front door, one walks into a home with piped-in music and sunlight that drenches the rooms, which are large enough to feel spacious but small enough to be cozy.

Extending from the first-floor entrance hall is a living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, laundry area, powder room and a space designed for a piano.

"Steve and I grew up around music," said Cathie, "and it has always been a dream that our children would play piano, so we created a piano room with Palladian windows all around."

The room overlooks the neighborhood pond, and the ebony conservatory grand is the only piece of furniture in the space.

Then there's the family room, with its fireplace and windows overlooking the pond and woods. It's where the family gathers, especially at Christmas, when a 12-foot tree soars to a two-story ceiling.

The holiday season inspired them to choose an interior color scheme of burgundy and hunter green. These tones tie the rooms together through wallpaper and borders, carpeting and upholstery.

Upstairs rooms were designed with a growing family in mind.

"The hallway design separates the kids from the parents -- that was important to us," said Cathie. Their master-bedroom suite includes a sitting area with a window seat and custom bookshelves lined with family photos and books.

The space overlooks the woods and feels like a luxury country inn. The suite was created to act as a private apartment within the home, so the couple will have a retreat when their children entertain teen-age friends in the future.

Children's bedrooms are across the hall from the master suite.

Kate, 11, has her own bathroom, walk-in closet and lace-draped canopy bed. Cal Ripken posters line the walls of 8-year-old Matthew's room, an escape with television and a customized closet that holds clothing, sports equipment and baseball caps. Tree branches are curtain rods, and Baltimore Orioles memorabilia fills the room.

Cathie, an educator for Frederick County Mental Health Association, is centrally located for her travels around the county, where she gives presentations to elementary school children. Steve, an independent insurance broker, has the longest commute, to Beltsville, for his job. "But it's worth it to come back to this house in the country," Cathie said.

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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