City Girl, Country Boy Compromise


Baltimore County House Close To Shops, Green Space

July 12, 2009|By Marie Gullard | Marie Gullard,Special to the Sun

When they became engaged last year, Ed Stone, a Perry Hall native and Kathy Merz, who lived downtown in Federal Hill, began to look for a home. They wanted a new place where they could start their life together.

"[Ed] didn't want the city," Kathy Stone remembered. "And I didn't think I could leave it."

Then the couple found the new community of Quarry Lake, northwest of the city off Greenspring Avenue.

"It was a great compromise," Kathy Stone remembered. "[Quarry Lake] has shops, restaurants and a drugstore for me and greenery and open spaces for Ed."

Additionally, the development's tennis courts, clubhouse and swimming pool, are a short walk from the homes.

The Stones married August 15th and moved into their 3,300-square-foot home exactly one month later. There was a great feeling of accomplishment in choosing the model and lot, adding optional rooms and picking out the home's finishes, such as oak flooring, cherry kitchen cabinets and granite counters. Working with a designer, they chose the color of paint, and wallpaper for every room in the house that has four bedrooms, three full baths, one powder room, a living room, dining room, family room, den, and kitchen.

The home's open, circular layout, generous window placement and high ceilings provide a spacious ambience, particularly in the back of the home. Here, the family room - where the couple spends most of their time - is furnished with a large sectional sofa placed in front of a 67-inch flat screen TV. A gas fireplace, constructed of stone, presents a rustic touch.

The family room segues effortlessly to the kitchen, while an open butler's pantry leads to the dining room in the front of the house.

Particular to the home's design is an oak staircase placed horizontally to the walls just beyond the foyer. The second level hallway is defined by the same circular flow as the first floor. The master bedroom at almost 20 feet by 16 feet with an attached 12-by-15 sitting room also features a walk-in closet and large master bath.

As the Stone's continue to plan future projects in and for their dream home and as they enjoy the clubhouse, pool and walk paths, they marvel at the feel of being on vacation.

"It's very peaceful here," Ed Stone said. "We see a lot of deer."

Making a dream home

Dream element:: The Stone's newly constructed, single-family home is a two-story, Colonial with twin-gables. It sits among the beautiful vegetation around the 42-acre Quarry Lake development in northwest Baltimore County. The lake can be viewed from the home's second story.

Design inspiration:: As they combined two households, they incorporated an eclectic decor into the home. Choice pieces of furniture and accessories include the dining room's generously proportioned walnut armoire constructed from old English wood and chandeliers of wrought iron and crystal scaled to the particular room in which they hang.

Surprise feature:: A pentagon-shaped bump-out off of the main kitchen serves as a cozy morning room. In about 75-square feet of space here, the Stones have placed a round, Queen Anne-style pedestal table with a pair of high-backed wooden chairs. From the room's five large windows, adorned with billowing floral valances, the couple can enjoy a wooded view that will not be developed.

Personal touch:: Several paintings by local artist Crystal Moll hang throughout the Stone's house. The particular significance is that they are all rowhouses in Federal Hill, where Kathy Stone lived for many years. The most favored paintings are of the few houses she owned there.

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