Dream home: Provence style in Glenelg

Family's brand-new estate features a conservatory, wine cellar and even a movie room

  • The house is "spacious but cozy," says Bob Twigg, a telecommunications consultant. The six-bedroom home was custom-built for the Twigg family in 2008.
The house is "spacious but cozy," says Bob Twigg,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy…)
April 04, 2010|By Marie Gullard | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Two iron lamps on chunky fieldstone posts straddle the entrance to a driveway that ambles past a sprawling front lawn and ends at the side garages attached to the equally sprawling, two-story Provencal-style home of the Twigg family.

The gray stucco of the exterior, with gables, second-floor dormers and four white columns supporting a large roof over the front porch, would suggest an established estate were it not for new saplings planted along the ends of the property and the construction of houses rising nearby.

Bob Twigg answers the front door and guides guests past the formal reception area cradled between a formal dining room and a spiral staircase to the second-floor landing. The interior is open, circular and, at a stunning 9,000 square feet, very spacious.

"It is spacious but cozy," Twigg, a 51-year old telecommu nications consultant, said of the home he and his family moved into in September 2008.

The kitchen and sunroom furniture contribute rich, warm tones along with the neutral shades of paint over the paneled walls. The furniture placement creates intimate conversation areas, which add to the home's relaxed and inviting appeal.

Built by Toll Brothers in the Howard County development of The Reserve at Triadelphia Crossing, the Twigg home has six bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms, a movie room, woodworking shop with paint room, a wine cellar, an exercise room and six heating and air-conditioning zones. An electronics system controlling the home's audio, video, lighting and security was an upgrade, as was the spiral staircase.

"We had the house raised to create a walkout backyard, which is open and level for future [plans] to build a pool, bathhouse and entertaining areas," Bob Twigg said.

A family room, adjacent to the custom kitchen, features a stone fireplace whose chimney rises to the coffered ceiling. Both living and dining rooms have a feel of casual elegance with tray ceilings, warm-tone paints and cherrywood pieces, punctuated with family heirlooms such as a mahogany secretary that belonged to Regina Twigg's mother.

"This is my conservatory," Bob Twigg said, opening double doors to a room designed and furnished like a men's club. The room, filled with leather furniture, a cherry desk in front of a stone fireplace, a bar and card table, has been outfitted with a dual exhaust system so that he and friends can enjoy cigars with their brandy.

A spiral staircase in the far corner of the conservatory leads to the wine cellar below and a completely finished basement.

"I'm a great fan of old movies," Bob Twigg said of the movie room outfitted with a 100-inch screen, eight lounge chairs on built-in risers and movie posters of actors such as Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe.

"Our goal is for the kids and their friends to enjoy" the house, he said, adding, "We still have a lot we want to do."

Making a dream home

Dream element: The Twigg family's $1.6 million western Howard County home sits high off the street on 1.25 acres in Glenelg. The Reserve at Triadelphia Crossing is within commuting distance of Ellicott City, Clarksville and Columbia. This private enclave of luxurious estate-style houses offers home sites amid rolling hills and picturesque scenery. Bob Twigg is particularly happy with what he calls "the rural feel."

Design inspiration: "Over the years living with each other, we get used to each other's taste," Bob Twigg said about the home's decor, adding, "We like traditional, Provencal styles." The kitchen, with its oak cabinetry, for example, features a carved oak "mantel" over the stove, its opening revealing a backsplash of porcelain tiles.

Personal touch: Bob Twigg's wife, Regina, a 46-year-old nursing instructor at the University of Maryland, is a collector of porcelain Lladro figures that her husband buys for her at different times. They are showcased throughout the house as are portraits of the Twigg children, Rebecca, 29, Sean, 15, Austin, 13, and Kathleen, 11.

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