Design keeps up with tradition

Custom Cockeysville home features expansive windows and lots of open areas

April 05, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,

A traditional floor plan? Almost. Lots of light? Absolutely. Convenient storage? Everywhere.

Those were among the key points in discussions with an architect when Mary Ellen and Leon Kaplan sought to have a home built in Cockeysville 15 years ago.

They wanted a traditional house with substantial areas open not only for guests, but also so they could watch their four children.

"We've had parties with up to 100 people, and you can do more in the summer when you use the patios," Mary Ellen Kaplan said.

Two stories of window panes illuminate the foyer and staircase, expansive windows brighten the main floor of the house, and the sunroom is light enough for repeat blooms on her orchids.

"I need lots of light," she said.

A butler's pantry, built-in cupboards in the dining room and entrance to the living room, and wall units elsewhere keep household items handy.

Their children are grown, so the couple wants to downsize.

About the house : The two-story brick house has five bedrooms upstairs, four full bathrooms and three powder rooms. Most floors are oak. On the main level, ceilings with deep molding are 9 feet, and rooms have wide entryways.

Pocket doors separate the library from the living room. French doors make the dining room accessible from the foyer and keep its handpainted wallpaper in sight.

The kitchen, with a 9 1/2 -foot long island and upgraded appliances, opens onto a breakfast area and family room. The family room fireplace, one of three in the house, is surrounded by Delft tiles that the family brought home from the Netherlands.

Address: 13033 Jerome Jay Drive, Cockeysville 21030

Asking price : $1,775,000

Taxes: $16,801

Size: About 7,300 square feet on 1.57 acres

Features: The master bedroom suite features two full bathrooms with marble floors and vanities, and two walk-in closets with built-in shelves. The other bedrooms share two bathrooms.

A chute lands clothes in a laundry room that is off the mudroom and near the three-car garage.

The basement includes a family room with half-bath, storage areas and a workshop.

Among landscaping features are a patio with a pergola and pond, and ornamental trees.

Listing agents : Joanne Archibald, 410-299-3623, and Sisi Wills, 443-858-6921, both of Chase, Fitzgerald & Co., in Baltimore.

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail Questions may be sent to

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