A historical farmhouse renovated with love

March 08, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

"I spent the second night of my honeymoon in this house 57 years ago," Mary Louise Gramkow said, recalling the home on the hill that her mother-in-law had rented for the newlyweds before they left for Alabama.

Gramkow came upon the house again about 15 years ago, as she and her husband, Edwin, were looking to renovate an old home. She asked the owner if it might be for sale. "It would be for you," he said, and a deal was struck, she recalled.

The Gramkows set about rehabilitating and enlarging the Howard County farmhouse that dates to at least 1899. They showcased the hand-hewn timber walls believed to be even older. They turned the timber smokehouse into a free-standing office-guest house with a bathroom.

Now, she said, it's time for the couple to move to smaller quarters.

About the house The pine-floored house was the home of former state Sen. George Dorsey Day, who served in the 1890s. Excluding the guest house, it has three bedrooms upstairs, three bathrooms and a powder room.

The Gramkows added a high-ceilinged library-family room, including a full bathroom and walk-in closet, because they contemplated turning it into a main-level master bedroom suite. They also added a foyer, enlarged the kitchen and created a master suite above it, and added a two-car garage with stairs to a storage attic. The former porch became a brick-floored and sky-lit solarium; they remade an old bathroom off the kitchen into a laundry room and butler's pantry.

The solarium, which opens to a brick patio, and many other rooms overlook rolling hills and the eighth hole of the Cattail Creek Country Club.

"I have the views, but not the maintenance," Gramkow said.

Address 3607 Sycamore Valley Run, Glenwood 21738

Asking price $1.25 million

Taxes $9,758

Size The main house is 3,055 square feet on 1.35 acres.

Features The fireplace in the living room is set into an exposed timber wall and is visible from the dining area. Another fireplace is in the kitchen, which features white custom cabinetry, a white tile backsplash and an island. The room opens to a second patio.

A wall of built-in bookcases lines the library.

The enlarged master bedroom has a high ceiling and large windows, and its bathroom features a jetted tub and separate shower.

Ample closets and storage are throughout.

Listing agent Mike Gary, Mohler & Gary Realtors, Woodbine, 410-960-6819.

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