This expansion was natural

Desirable Spaces

October 28, 2007|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,Sun Reporter

Keith Huot first sighted the neat little house in the forest while cycling along Providence Road in Baltimore County.

He learned from others that the house was for sale and that potential buyers were talking about knocking it down.

"I felt like I could save something unique," says Huot.

So he and his wife, Amy, decided to buy the circa-1950 house, which had about 1,000 square feet with just one bedroom -- in a loft -- and one bath. A nice, cozy dwelling for a couple.

But when daughter Maddie came along, the Huots needed to expand the space. So it's a good thing the avid biker is also an architect.

"We more than doubled the size, adding 1,800 square feet," says Huot, describing the 2003 addition that he designed to match the home's mid-century modern style.

The remodel created three bedrooms, including a master suite, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. A new family room and office occupy what used to be the garage. The loft bedroom is now a library. The couple also added a patio and removed trees to create an outdoor oasis with a lawn and a play area for Maddie.

Despite the missing trees, the house still feels as if it is situated in the middle of a forest, with large rectangular windows that provide views of towering trees in just about every room. The leafy green outside contrasts with the dark-stained, beamed ceilings and woodwork inside, adding an element of nature everywhere.

That's appropriate, because the Huots purchased the home from the Nature Conservancy -- the previous owner had donated it -- in 1997. After living in one place for more than a decade, it also seems natural to want to move on. "I'd like to design my own home from scratch," says Keith Huot.

About the house -- The house was designed in the early 1950s by a young architect who had just finished school. Robert Huit Hunter (yes, the name is quite similar) drew up plans for the house for a friend.

"It was built for a bachelor," says Amy Huot, explaining the original single bedroom and noting that a neighbor put them in contact with the original architect about the time of their renovation. "She said he would have been happy with what we'd done."

The couple later contacted Hunter, who lived in Vermont and is well-known there for his residential designs. "He sent me the original sketches and drawings for the house," says Keith Huot.

Features -- The house has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The master suite includes a gas fireplace and sitting area. An office space and bath on the ground level can be converted into a fourth bedroom. The main level has an updated kitchen, living area with stone wood-burning fireplace, loft library and a sunroom with a wood stove. The exterior features a patio.

Address -- 1306 Providence Road, Towson, 21286

Asking price -- $689,500

Taxes -- $4,937

Size -- The house sits on a little more than an acre and has about 2,800 square feet.

Listing agent -- Heidi Krauss, Krauss Real Property Brokerage, 3 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. 410-935-6881 (cell) or 410-329-9898 (office);

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