The master suite has a soaring ceiling, its own balcony and a private bath. The high oak bed and matching dressers and wardrobe originally belonged to Bill's grandparents. Pat restored the antique trunk at the end of the bed.
The claw-foot tub in the hall bath is the source of one of the couple's funniest experiences -- and a great example of Pat's tenacity. It came from a house in Baltimore's Federal Hill. "I saw it advertised in the newspaper and made Bill sit down there all day, on a Sunday, waiting for the man who was selling it to come home," she said with a chuckle.
The oak medicine cabinet in the powder room arrived under similar circumstances. Pat noticed it in a farmer's barn, painted white and covered with cobwebs and dirt. She scraped off enough of the paint to see the oak underneath and bought the farmer a new metal medicine cabinet as a fair trade.
Though she still scouts for furniture and collectibles, Pat said she is very happy with her home.
"What I would really love to have is more ground. And if we stay here, when the kids are older, we'll probably build a sun room off the kitchen," she said, already sizing up how to convert a kitchen window to a door.
Pub Date: 12/28/97