Modern touches for a 1910 house


June 29, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN REPORTER

When Elliot and Janell Bonner bought the white house overlooking a corner in Mount Washington, they knew they could make it suit them perfectly, adding modern amenities and overhauling the major systems of the 1910 structure.

They replaced most windows with energy-efficient ones, but they left such traditional charms as leaded glass windows and five-panel wood doors.

They moved and removed walls. They installed new plumbing and redid bathrooms. They put in a new electrical system and included surround sound in the new media room. They redid a patio and featured a wood-burning fire pit. They landscaped to provide an expansive view from the sunroom and a cozy feel to the terrace.

"My goal was to get it how we wanted it," said Elliot Bonner.

Inside, they wanted better flow in the kitchen area. They took down a wall between the kitchen and then-dining room, so that the kitchen now opens onto a family room. They shrank and moved the powder room, a reconfiguration that offered them space for a semicircular breakfast area on the side of the kitchen.

"It's much more open," Bonner said.

About the house : The couple bought the three-story house in 2005. They renovated the kitchen to make the space a home hub. The cabinets are maple and have a pullout pantry. A corner nook has a desk and computer.

Countertops are granite, and the floor is slate tile. An island seats three and also has a gas five-burner cooktop.

Stainless-steel appliances feature a double oven with a warming drawer.

The couple turned the dining room, which has a working wood-burning fireplace, into a playroom for their children. That allows the parents to watch the kids from anywhere in the kitchen.

"It's my favorite room," Janell Bonner said.

The couple also cut a small archway from the breakfast area into the expansive living room, effectively creating another kitchen entrance and better flow and atmosphere for gatherings.

"When we did the work, we planned on being there for an extended period of time," Elliot Bonner, an energy marketer, said. "But we had a job-related move."

Address : 5601 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, 21209

Asking price : $749,000

Taxes: $8,217

Size: The home is 3,565 square feet. The lot is .43 acre. The detached two-car garage is on the property.

Features: The six-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom house has original knotty pine floors. Thick moldings include decorative egg-dart moldings in the foyer.

The master suite includes an outfitted walk-in closet - it used to be a separate room - with a sink, mini-fridge and storage island. The master bathroom features a separate toilet and a shower with a bench.

The home has three-zoned central air conditioning. Forced-air heat on the main floor supplements radiator heat that is throughout the home.

Many rooms have ceiling fans. The basement is unfinished.

By car, the free-standing two-car garage is accessible by an alley, and its side door faces the patio.

Listing agent : Cara Shea Kohler, 443-226-6409, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Roland Park-Cross Keys office.


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