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By Lisa Kawata | November 2, 2011
Everything gets a makeover these days, and cable TV shows abound on how do-it-yourselfers can turn tired into trendy, albeit with some risk. But when it comes to the fireplace surround or the outdoor kitchen, some things are best left to the experts. Luckily, Howard County homeowners don't have to go far to get the look they want, and the expertise to get it right, the first time. “We're really the one-stop shop for a fireplace makeover,” says Jay Doll, who runs Artistic Surrounds in Savage Mill.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A cedar shake and stacked-stone transitional-style home, priced at $625,000, is at 6177 Wooded Run Drive in the Columbia neighborhood of Owen Brown Woods. This two-level 26-year-old home sits on over a third of a wooded acre. The open interior features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room. The house has a two-story marble foyer entrance and a formal living room with skylights, as well as a formal dining room and a second-floor overlook. The family room, opening to an outdoor deck, has as its centerpiece a stacked-stone fireplace, while a large study leads to a screened-in porch with a cathedral ceiling.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 26, 2013
Firefighters were sent to put out a fire at an Abingdon home early Friday morning that investigators say was caused by a "misplacement of ashes from the fireplace," the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire at the single family home in the 900 block of Harvey Lane was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. by a neighbor, according to a notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office. The fire was brought under control in five minutes by 11 firefighters who responded from the Abingdon and Joppa-Magnolia volunteer fire companies, the Fire Marshal's Office said.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | August 7, 2014
Destinations Years ago when I interviewed Olympian equestrian Joe Fargis who said he had a horse ranch in Middleburg, Va. Without looking it up on the map, I assumed it was a few hours away. A few weeks ago, I drove there and found out it's only a 45-minute drive; but once I got there, I did feel like I was hours away from Beltway and city traffic, hectic work schedules and deadlines. My destination was the 340-acre Salamander Resort and Spa, which opened August 2013 in Middleburg and is definitely designed for relaxation.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
I pay no more attention to the Academy Awards than to the Miss America pageant and other reality shows, but the heavy-breathing coverage of the Academy Awards sometimes sparks a faint interest. This from Slate : Now that Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama Argo has garnered seven Oscar nominations to add to its mantle, upon which already sit $110 million in domestic box office, near unanimous acclaim from critics, and even a whisper campaign for Affleck to run for John Kerry's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat, it needs to be said: Argo is a fraud.
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert and Rose Bennett Gilbert,Copley News Service | January 5, 1992
Q: We are thinking about opening up the wall between the living and dining rooms in this old house we've been remodeling. I'd like some way to separate the spaces without actually dividing them physically -- the dining room is not very large. What would you suggest?A: One smashing answer would be a free-standing fireplace like the one we show here. Designer Marilynn Lundy of Environmental Images in New York has used a two-sided fireplace as a room-divider par excellence. Not only does it define the space without closing it off, but the fireplace warms the room both literally and emotionally.
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert and Rose Bennett Gilbert,Copley News Service | October 7, 1990
Q: Does the sofa always have to face the fireplace? In our part of California, we don't use the fireplace all that much and I hate looking into that blank hole.A: Out of respect for the architecture, the fireplace has traditionally been the focal point around which rooms are arranged. However, you can easily turn the furniture's back on an underused fireplace and never miss it -- as you can see from the Southwestern-flavored family room we show here.The love seat-sofa duet angles toward the fireplace without actually facing it; the diagonally laid area rug and strategically placed tables underscore the room's off-center orientation -- away from the walls toward the center of the space.
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By Rita St. Clair | November 18, 1990
Q: We've just moved to a large old house that has a fireplace in the living room. The mantel needs to be replaced, but we don't have a clue about what sort of piece to purchase. For starters, can you tell us whether the fireplace needs to be the focal point of the room?A: While it's impossible to ignore something as imposing and, potentially, as attractive as a fireplace, it doesn't necessarily have to be the most dominant feature in a room. Rather than striving to establish the fireplace as a focal point, your efforts would probably be better devoted to ensuring that it blends with the setting's overall styling.
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By Rita St. Clair | December 2, 1990
Q: My long and narrow living room has a fireplace right in the center of one of the side walls. This configuration makes the space very difficult to furnish. Specifically, I don't know how to arrange seating pieces around the fireplace without isolating this conversational grouping from the rest of the room. Can you help me resolve this dilemma?A: The issue is not so much how best to arrange the furniture, but rather how to change the visual perception of the room. You've got to create an illusion and that involves using a number of design elements.
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By Rose Bennett Gilbert and Rose Bennett Gilbert,Copley News Service | August 30, 1992
Q: We're thinking of turning a small bedroom adjacent to the master bedroom into a combination bath and exercise room. Besides a whirlpool tub for two, the thing I really want is a fireplace. My husband says forget it, it's not practical. What do you think?A: I think you'd adore the fireplace. The double whirlpool is the thing I'd reconsider. Interior designers all over the country these days are reporting chronic disuse of giant-size whirlpools. The reason: In our time-pressed and environmentally distressed world of the '90s, those big tubs take too long to fill, use too much water and require too much synchronization from couples who're too busy to schedule a tandem soak.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A Colonial-style home constructed by award-winning Carroll County builder Robin Ford is on the market in the Finksburg area, with an asking price of $1.1 million. The three-level home at 2492 Red Clover Drive is on almost 2 acres that have a border of mature trees and include landscaping, sidewalks, floodlights and a generously sized front and back porch. "Even from the outside, the home's expensive touches are seen; top-of-the-line Pella windows, a covered front porch, professional landscaping and a three-car garage are just some of the home's exterior amenities," said listing agent Nick Waldner of the Waldner-Winters team of Keller Williams Realty.
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January 5, 2014
Your recent on the need for carbon monoxide detectors addressed an important issue ( "A life-saving gift for 2014," Dec. 29). However, it would have been of even greater value to those who live in Baltimore had it made readers aware of the city's very broad law which I wrote and the City Council passed in 2008. Every dwelling in the city, whether newly constructed or already existing, as well as hotel, motel, boarding and rooming house, or other part of a building that provides living or sleeping facilities for one or more individuals, must install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside of each sleeping area if it uses gas or fossil fuel for heating, cooking, hot water or clothes-drying; is attached to a garage; or has a gas- or wood-burning fireplace.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
When Jake McCarty decided to build an outdoor living space with a fireplace as a focal point, he knew that natural stone from local land was the way to go. McCarty, a Cockeysville resident, had a lot of ideas about what he wanted in his backyard, but he wasn't sure where to start. "I went to the library and read every book I could find on stonemasonry," he says. Touring the city gave him more inspiration. "I started looking at the older stonework in Roland Park - at how well the corners were cut and lines were made.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
The sale of 6520 Banbury Road just north of the Baltimore City line for $425,000 proves that the right house for the right couple can come along when least expected. The seller of this Cape Cod in the Idlewylde neighborhood contacted realtor Ashley Richardson of Long & Foster Real Estate to see if she knew of anyone that would be interested in buying. "Two days later, I met a couple … who were newly married, and they told me what they were looking for," said Richardson. "I said, 'I think I have just the house.' " There was an initial visit, then a week passed.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Jesse Tyson Sr., a retired mason who was known for his grilling skills, died April 27 of kidney failure at his Edgemere home. He was 70. The son of a mason and a homemaker, he was born in Clarksville, Va., and was raised in Edgemere. He was a graduate of Baltimore County public schools. Before retiring in 2006, Mr. Tyson worked locally for more than 30 years as a mason, and was "exceptionally proud" of his designs and craftsmanship in building fireplaces, family members said.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Old Catonsville boasts turn-of-the-last-century buildings and schools, fine restaurants, antiques and music shops, and a library. But scattered among the Victorian structures are Arts and Crafts-style homes built in the early 20th century. It is in one of these that the Shaw family resides, just blocks off of the town's main street. "We moved here from just two blocks away," said Kelley Shaw, a 37-year-old speech pathologist. "Our [other] house had no driveway and we loved the porches on these old houses.
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 21, 1990
IF A HUSBAND and wife only use their imaginations, there is no limit to the amount of things they can fight over.My wife and I have fought about every subject under the sun. We have fought about money. We have fought about whose mother drives who crazier. We have fought about how to raise kids, what to watch on TV, what to wear to a party, even about who should take out the garbage, if you can believe that.That whole tastes great-less filling deal with Lite beer? Oh, we fought about that for months.
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By Elaine Markoutsas | September 29, 1991
You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.--Cervantes, preface to "Don Quixote"*Besides regal, other adjectives that come to mind when describing the wonderful feelings one gets from the hearth are romantic, toasty and cozy. A fireplace is one of the three top features people want in their homes, a desire often brought to the forefront by that very first fall nip in the air."People enjoy a fire," says Ted Corvey, head of Tulikivi Group, the North American branch of a Finnish company that manufactures natural stone fireplaces (the name Tulikivi, pronounced too-le-KEE-vee, means firestone)
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 26, 2013
Firefighters were sent to put out a fire at an Abingdon home early Friday morning that investigators say was caused by a "misplacement of ashes from the fireplace," the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire at the single family home in the 900 block of Harvey Lane was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. by a neighbor, according to a notice of investigation from the Fire Marshal's Office. The fire was brought under control in five minutes by 11 firefighters who responded from the Abingdon and Joppa-Magnolia volunteer fire companies, the Fire Marshal's Office said.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
The buyers of a home nestled on more than 7 acres in Cockeysville's Nicholsons Manor are getting a property with all the perks. This traditional mansion, which sold for $1,550,000, is at the end of a cul-de-sac and boasts a large blue stone patio in a hardscape backyard. A hot tub is tucked into a gazebo and an outdoor room, complete with a beamed ceiling, wet bar, fireplace and powder room. The stone and insulated stucco exterior features a four-bay connected garage and is defined by a balcony, bump-outs, floodlights and screened porch with slate flooring.
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