All-brick Dayton home features lots of light

house of the week

December 21, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,

On top of one of the small hills in Dayton sits a brick house that backs up to a wooded preserve. For Michael and Hilary Yoder, it's offered a quiet place to unwind, raise children and operate a lighting business.

From the breakfast area by the kitchen, walls of windows look out to the forested area and the wildlife living there.

Much of the year, the choice evening spot is a wet one outdoors. The lower tier of the deck has a hot tub that seats six, and the semi-rural location of the home provides a great view of the night sky.

"We go in the hot tub almost every night just to look at the stars here. It's an incredible view," Yoder said.

The couple, who moved in five years ago, added a heated in-ground pool and patio around it, and also turned the space below the deck into a shady respite from the summer sun.

"I love the outside," Yoder said.

About the house : Many large windows let in sunlight and bring the outside in. The all-brick house, built in 2003, has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a first-floor powder room. The kitchen, with granite counters and cherry cabinetry, has stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry and large island. The room is open to the cathedral-ceilinged morning area as well as to the family room. The family room has a vaulted ceiling and stacked-stone gas fireplace, and is illuminated by tall windows topped by transom-style panes.

The couple added wainscoting to much of the main level, including the living room, dining room and two-story foyer. Floors are hardwood.

The office is separated from the busy areas with French doors. A laundry room also is on the main level.

Two staircases - one from the foyer and the other from the kitchen - reach the upstairs, where there are four bedrooms, including a master suite. The master bedroom has a tray ceiling (as does the dining room). The suite includes two walk-in closets and a bathroom with a deep Jacuzzi tub and separate white tile shower. A second bedroom also has its own bathroom, and the other two share a bathroom.

Address: 14263 Howard Road, Dayton 21036

Asking price : $1,150,000

Taxes: $12,695

Size: The house has 4,313 square feet of living space and is on a 1.27-acre lot. There is also a garden shed.

Features: Heating is zoned. Much of the lower level was finished when the family moved in. But the house has so much storage and closet space that after Yoder finished most of the rest of the lower level, there were still leftover storage areas. There's a workout room, rec room with a bar/mini-kitchen, a separate sitting area, a bedroom and a full bathroom. The rec room opens to the pool and aggregate patio.

"My wife and I did all of this," Yoder said, pointing to the grasses, shrubs and plantings around the pool area and backyard. "It's well over 200 perennials." In addition, roses grow by a side fence.

Listing agent : Creig Northrop of the Creig Northrop Team, Long & Foster Real Estate, Clarksville, 410-531-0321.

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