To make their young son's room distinctive as well as create easier access to attic storage, Katherine and Robert Dwyer ripped out the ceiling of his bedroom. They left the exposed wood beams and added a skylight and a loft, reachable by ladder. That was 20 years ago.
A few years later, in their daughter's room, they built an enclosed area they called a "nest," with louvered doors and a window.
Those bedrooms in the Ten Hills house in the city were fun spaces for the children back then. And even now, as adults, they sleep in their childhood retreats when they visit, preferring them over other beds, said Katherine Dwyer.
After 28 years in the home, the Dwyers, native New Englanders, are planning to retire to a house on Cape Cod.
About the house : The house, built in 1911 in the Ten Hills Historic District, has four bedrooms, all on the second floor, two full bathrooms and two powder rooms. The house retains many original features: Most rooms have wood floors, many of them featuring inlaid border designs. A wood-burning fireplace is in the living room.
The family room, added in 1993, is a few steps down from the kitchen. The family room has radiant heat beneath its ceramic tile floor. It has a cathedral ceiling with skylights, and one wall is storage - nearly all the way to the ceiling - while another is nearly all glass for views to the backyard, gazebo and fish pond.
Sunlight in the family room streams into the kitchen, where the eat-in area overlooks the family room. A powder room, off the other side of the kitchen, is near a door to the deck.
Sets of French doors from the living room and dining room open onto the sunroom, which has windows on its other three sides.
Address: 511 Chapel Gate Lane North, Baltimore 21229
Asking price : $410,000
Size: The house has about 2,800 square feet of living space. The .46-acre lot also has a two-car garage.
Features: The Dwyers chose the house for the natural light from the many windows and the level yard, though the home had a dearth of closets. They added seven full closets to create ample storage space throughout. They also added a bathroom to the master bedroom, creating a suite. The first floor has central air conditioning, and many rooms feature ceiling fans. The exterior has brown cypress shingles. The front of the house is landscaped with red azaleas and white dogwoods.
Listing agent : Karen Ingalls, Long & Foster Ellicott City, 410-418-8155.