So up for the challenge of renovating and enlarging a century-old Fells Prospect house were Victor Corbin and Marek Tarasiewicz that they bought the small brick house within a half-hour of seeing it.
The couple knew they wanted to enhance the original two-story building, giving it a more stylish and cozier living room. They also wanted a new space infused with an airy feel and modern warmth, yet with ties to the style of the old space.
"We used old bricks from the back of the house to build a fireplace," Tarasiewicz said.
The fireplace has become a focal point of a living room that opens into the spacious addition through a wide entryway. Contributing to the home's open feel are the many French doors and panels throughout the house.
They also added a bit of whimsy: For the kitchen, Corbin designed a stone-tile backsplash that looks like the Baltimore city skyline.
Because it is one of the few houses in the area to have a leafy front courtyard, they stretched the recycled brick addition to fill the back of the property and end in a two-car garage.
The homeowners plan to move to a larger house in the city.
About the house : The semi-detached house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Most floors are wood, and ceilings are 9 feet and higher.
The kitchen cabinets are maple, appliances are stainless steel and surfaces are granite. A wine chiller and bar sink are in the island. By the dining area, a raised breakfast bar lies at the edge of the kitchen counter. A walk-in pantry houses a second refrigerator.
The couple wanted versatile space behind the kitchen. The bathroom's two doors provide entry from the hall and rear room. That lets the couple close off a private suite for guests, or open only the bathroom for everyday use, or open only the bedroom.
Address: 216 S. Collington Ave., Baltimore, 21231
Asking price : $585,000
Size: About 3,000 square feet.
Features: Through the French doors and panels, transoms and skylights, sun washes the upstairs from dawn to dusk, especially the center family area. "In the summertime, we don't turn on lights until after 7:30," Corbin said.
The master suite has sliding interior windows that, when open, visually link the bedroom and marble bathroom with its jetted tub and dual-sink vanity.
A second upstairs bedroom uses a hall bathroom. Laundry facilities are upstairs. Unused and overhead space was turned into more closets and storage areas.
A rooftop deck offers broad city and harbor views, stretching to the Key Bridge.
Listing agents : Jakob Metz, 410-456-1003, and Sharon Metz, 410-299-7816, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Baltimore.
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