Old-time charm in a '90s house

Property includes barn, porches, potting shed

Desirable Spaces

June 08, 2008|By Brad Schleicher | Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter

Perched on a hillside in Upperco and overlooking more than 9 acres of woods and rolling pastures, this quaint, custom-built Cape Cod emits the warmth of an old-world, early-American residence.

Owners Michael Reid, a wood-procurement specialist for PRS Guitars, and wife Debbie, a former teacher at the Jemicy School, fell in love with the mostly untouched land and decided it would be the perfect place to build their home.

"We really liked the lay of the land and the privacy it offered," says Michael Reid, who's moving with his wife, cat, dogs and three horses to a ranch in Montana that's a little more remote than his current property.

Designed and built by Michael Reid with the help of Amish contractors, the rustic house showcases a number of unique touches, including handmade cabinets and sugar pine doors.

About the house --Built in 1992, the two-story house has an oak frame with a partially exposed tiger-maple support beam that glistens in the natural light from the living room windows.

Reid's design features a guest bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen, living room and reclaimed stone fireplace on the first floor.

The second floor holds the master bedroom and bath plus a third bedroom. The master bathroom features an antique claw-foot tub.

The downstairs flooring is made of quilted maple, while the upstairs flooring is wide-plank Brazilian cherry hardwood.

In the kitchen, the stainless-steel appliances create a striking contrast to the deep colors of the custom cabinets and slate countertops.

With the exception of the inserts in the doors leading to the front porch, all of the windows are made from reclaimed 19th-century glass and show tiny imperfections, adding to the antique feel.

The exterior of the house is covered in stresskin paneling, giving the house a worn, bucolic aesthetic.

Address --16133 Trenton Road, Upperco 21155

Asking Price --$899,000

Taxes --$4,986

Size --The 1,504-square-foot home sits on 9 1/2 acres.

Features --Instead of baseboard heat, the house is warmed by a radiant heat system. Warm water is cycled through hoses that run below the lower-level floorboards. The heat produced from the hoses rises through the floor and heats the entire house.

The house has a small porch off the kitchen and dining area, and another off the family room that overlooks a pasture.

The property also offers a timber-frame potting shed with handblown, bull's-eye glass window; horse stables that lead to a fenced pasture with an automatic watering system; a three-bay open garage; a two-story insulated pine workshop with a wood stove; and a 32-foot-by-50-foot pole barn.

Listing Agent --Gwen Probst, Riley and Associates in Monkton, 410-329-2100.


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