New house is a `labor of love' for Pasadena builder and family


Husband did nearly all work

wife, a few tradesmen assisted

April 03, 2005|By Marie Gullard | Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Along the side streets of Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, just blocks from the business corridor off Mountain Road, residential properties come in all styles and sizes. The ages of the homes also vary, and it is not uncommon to see a new housing development where once there were fields at the northern point of this peninsula close to the Magothy River.

Last year, Dale Good, a 40-year-old homebuilder, decided to construct his dream home on a half-acre lot he purchased from his mother, who lives next door. His wife, Bridget Good, 33, was thrilled with the idea. She and her husband would be near their parents and good schools for their two daughters. Coming from Baltimore, both looked forward to more space and the relative quiet of the Pasadena community.

The Goods moved into their new home the first weekend in March, after nine months of what Bridget Good refers to as a "labor of love."

"My cousin says this house looks like something out of Fantasyland," she said, standing on her front porch, whose roof is supported by wide, round columns. The home, of brick facade and siding, is mainly Victorian in style, with gables jutting from ornate wooden molding along a steep roof. A large, front second-story Palladian window bears a classical look.

Working weekends and through the nights, Dale Good built the 2,200-square-foot home by himself for $200,000, from foundation to roof. The only outside help were licensed tradesmen to install the heating, plumbing, electric, well and septic systems. Bridget Good helped when she could; her biggest contribution was painting.

"Seems every time we got a sitter [for their daughters], we'd come down and work," she recalled with a laugh. "On New Year's Eve, we were working on the hardwood floors till 3 a.m."

Across the back of the home, a 40-by-16-foot space holds the open kitchen-living room painted olive green. The kitchen area features a 9-foot-long cherry island, oak cabinets, black granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

A raised-hearth, red-brick fireplace with an oak mantel dominates the living room, whose walls are set off by wide crown molding, 6-inch baseboards and chair rails. Bridget Good concedes that while she likes the trim's stark white contrast, it was not fun to paint. A tuxedo-style sofa and chair, in beige canvas with white piping, sit in front of a double-hung window and French doors leading to the back yard.

"My husband is a trim freak," Bridget Good laughed.

In the dining room, intricate wainscoting painted white covers the bottom three-fourths of the walls, with the remaining quarter painted a deep barn red. A crystal chandelier over the oak table and crystal wall sconces evoke a Colonial plantation feel.

White wainscoting also covers the bottom half of the walls in the front hallway, with the top half painted a deep beige.

A beveled-glass-and-oak front door is complemented by an intricately carved oak staircase with scrolled "monkey tail" posts at its base.

In contrast with the cherry flooring throughout the lower level, the second floor is carpeted in beige wool. Here, creativity and attention to personality are the hallmarks of the bedrooms.

Tori, the couple's 12-year-old daughter, has chosen an apple-orchard green shade for her walls, with a bright bed quilt and a style she refers to as "Pottery Barn." Five-year-old Mackenzie selected a ballerina pink on her walls, which perfectly match a pink tulle tutu she displays along with her dolls.

Each of the girl's rooms opens to a bathroom with two skylights and a blue ceramic tile floor.

The master bathroom is painted in what Bridget Good considers her favorite color in the house.

Called "Tangier Island," the shade is a muted, creamy mustard that she finds soothing. The master bathroom houses a sunken tub with air jets to propel water flow.

Though the lion's share is done, the Goods consider their home a work in progress.

Projects that lie ahead include finishing the basement, outdoor concrete work, painting and landscaping.

"I am so proud of all their hard work," said Dale Good's mother, Wally. "The house is beautiful."

Bridget Good shares that same pride in her husband and is thrilled that the dream has finally come true.

"I think it's so nice," she said, "that after years of building houses for others, [Dale] has finally built one for himself and his family."

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