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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Contributing Writer | May 9, 1993
Q: I'm searching for an interesting-looking sink as part of a planned make-over of a small powder room. A pedestal sink was my initial preference, but most of the ones I've seen are too contemporary for my taste. It's also occurred to me that a pedestal would be a problem because of its lack of storage space. I'd also like your advice in regard to wall and floor treatments. A traditional look is what I'm after -- but no wallpaper, please!A: Although I don't know how elaborate a redesign you're contemplating, the sink and surround shown in the photo might suit your specifications.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal - they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door. Then parenthood happened, and with it came the idea of moving to the suburbs. They would move, but they wouldn't leave Federal Hill. Nine years later, the Wikers - mom, dad, 9-year old Alex and 7-year old Tommy - have, to their delight, become a poster family for raising children in an urban environment.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | September 21, 2008
The home of Dr. Jed Smalley and his wife, Peggy, at first blush looks like an updated old house on a horse farm in Harford County's hunt country. But a second look reveals a modern house built to seem older than its years. Reclaimed pine plank floors, ceiling beams made from an old corn crib and antique chandeliers that have been electrified are among the old items given new life. Some windows really are old, some are copies newly made by Amish craftsmen. The couple bought the two-story White Hall horse farm four years ago, lured by the setting: a house on a hillside, with rolling pastures, woods, a spring-fed pond and a meandering creek.
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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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March 29, 1998
Ellwood Building Corp. is down to its final six lots at Upman Court in the Catonsville area of Baltimore County, where the company is building 26 Colonial and split-foyer homes with gas heat and hot water.The split-foyer is a 1,600-square-foot house with a base price of $126,900.On the main level are a 13-by-14-foot living room, 9-by-13-foot kitchen, a coat closet, full hall bath, two bedrooms and a master suite with a full bath, 13-by-11-foot bedroom and his-and-her closets.A 21-by-19-foot recreation room, closet and unfinished utility/laundry room occupy the lower level.
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May 30, 1999
Ryland Homes has opened two new models at New Haven Woods, a townhouse community in Essex. Public water and sewer are standard features in this Baltimore County community. The Jefferson and the Braxton start at $99,900 for 1,150 square feet of finished space. Both models have an optional finished basement with a powder room and a 19-by-16-foot family room. A foyer, optional powder room, 16-by-15-foot living room and a 20-by-11-foot country kitchen make up the first floor of the Jefferson.
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September 7, 1997
A cookout sponsored by Baltimore Gas and Electric will be part of the grand opening American Homes Inc. is holding at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Villas of Ivy Woods in Ellicott City.The homes in the community have gas heat and are being built under the BGE EnergyWi$e program, which seeks to lower energy costs by using high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, better insulation and windows, and other features.Ivy Woods will include 22 semi-detached homes and three single-family homes. Standard features include 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, wiring for cable and telephones, smoke detectors with battery backup.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | August 4, 1996
I want to transform an ugly little bathroom into a pretty powder room. My taste could be called eclectic, I suppose, since I like a variety of styles as well as unusual designs. What do you think of the idea of installing a pedestal sink in that planned powder room -- perhaps one that's a bit different from the typical model? Also, can you suggest a type of wall covering for this informal space?If you want your powder room to be charming as well as eclectic and informal, I have a suggestion for a sink that is indeed different from the usual models -- both pedestal and cabinet-encased -- but which still makes use of traditionalmaterials and fixtures.
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June 14, 1998
An "Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sunday" will be part of the grand opening Altieri Homes is holding from noon to 4 p.m. June 28 at River Village at Russett in Laurel.River Village is the final phase of development in the 613-acre planned community, which has 12 miles of hike/bike trails, nine tot lots, basketball and beach volleyball courts, five parks, three swimming pools and a six-court tennis complex with stadium seating.A three-level garage townhouse with 1,900 square feet, the Amanda Kristine model has a base price of $149,990.
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September 20, 1998
Homeland Development LLC has opened the final 32-home section at the Villages of Homeland East, where the firm is building three-level garage townhouses with brick-fronts, wainscot and color-coordinated stucco exteriors in North Baltimore.The Alcott is a 1,600-square-foot home starting at $127,990. The entry level has a one-car garage with automatic opener, coat closet, laundry area and mechanical room. A powder room and 19-by-15-foot family room are optional.A 16-by-10-foot front kitchen, powder room, 16-by-9-foot dining room and 19-by-12-foot living room are on the first floor.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
A circular driveway leads to the main entrance of 8203 Cranwood Court in Stevenson - a home with all the hallmarks of midcentury architectural design. The listing price is $599,000. The structure of stone, wood and glass sits on a half-acre of wooded property. The abundance of windows brings the outdoors inside, changing the decor with the seasons. "What strikes me most about this exquisite home is the very livable, contemporary floor plan, with open spaces, soaring ceilings and huge windows," said Long & Foster Real Estate listing agent Ashley Richardson.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Impressive views of Harbor East, Little Italy, Federal Hill and the Baltimore waterfront can be found from the windows of this seventh-floor condominium at Spinnaker Bay. With an asking price of $975,000, the property at 717 President St. offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room. Listing agent Cindy Conklin of Prudential Homesale YWCG Realty calls it one of the best deals in the Spinnaker Bay high-rise complex. The condo's open-floor design features ample space for a large living room, dining room and den, all opening onto a kitchen and breakfast room.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
History buffs and connoisseurs of properties older than 100 years should rightly assume a house has a past when its latest addition bears the cornerstone "1835. " "The main part of the house is the addition, and I want you to know we use that word loosely," said Michael Yerman of Prudential Homesale about this unusual offering at 2 Garrison Farms Court in the Pikesville subdivision of Fort Garrison. The original house was built as caretaker and officers' quarters for soldiers assigned to Fort Garrison and dates to 1695.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
In Baltimore, the creative transformation of many waterfront industrial structures into restaurants, businesses and homes is making room for developments copying the same industrial and maritime flavor as their older counterparts. Joe and Meg Biscoe's four-story townhouse is one of several Fells Point properties built by Merchant Homes, a developer offering small groupings of homes in popular Baltimore neighborhoods. To the couple, now with a newborn son, Milo, their home was a wise investment, made at a time when the two were rapidly growing out of their nearby 650-square-foot Water Street condo.
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By Barbara and Ken Beem, For The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
When it came time for Stephanie Blatchley and her husband, Tyler, to buy their first house, the young couple knew exactly what they wanted. Having grown up in western Howard County, she was most comfortable in a country setting. Both of them wanted to be near family and friends. And the idea of easy access to major thoroughfares was appealing. They also knew what they did not want: a formal dining room. "We lived in an apartment for two years, and although we enjoyed that lifestyle, we wanted to buy a house of our own," Blatchley explained.
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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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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | March 29, 1998
We want to remodel and divide a big, old-fashioned bathroom. One part is to be converted into a powder room for guests; the rest of the space will remain a bathroom adjoining a seldom-used spare bedroom. We want to give both spaces a bit of flair so that they don't look purely functional. Can you suggest alternatives to white fixtures, tile and counter tops, and pastel wallpaper?In aiming for "flair," you're probably also seeking to give that new powder room a touch of elegance. That will certainly preclude not only the lab-like look of all-white surfaces, but also any use of pastels.
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April 24, 1994
HOME COMPLETEDPorter's Fields1. Jeff Puente Construction has completed the first of five custom homes the company will build on 10- to 12-acre lots at Porter's Fields in northern Harford County.A two-story traditional with 3,000 square feet of finished living space, the home sells for$314,500 on an 11-acre parcel.Standard features include a 40-by-14-foot deck, 15-by-12 foot library, 22-by-15-foot family room with a wood-burning fireplace and oak hardwood floors throughout the first floor.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
For artist Susan Yonkers, a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate and gardening enthusiast, and her craftsman husband, Bill, a large outdoor canvas was a prerequisite. So the couple found a single-family, ranch-style home on 2 acres in a relatively secluded spot off Mays Chapel Road in Baltimore County. "It's an oasis; a home for all seasons," said Susan Yonkers, 64, seated at her sunroom table and gazing out through wide windows into her backyard as birds gathered at one of her feeders and hopped on the granite stones of the landscaping.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
What are some quick tips to adopt an autumnal theme into your home? First, think pumpkins and gourds: Use them as decor, but consider other colors than traditional jack o'lantern. Shades of white, cool soft greens and oranges will say autumn in a more subtle way. Also consider shopping the grocery store: Pears, squash and nuts make a great fall cornucopia. Use a textured basket or tray and pile them high for an instant centerpiece. Don't overlook your own backyard as a source: Bring in colorful branches and mix them with seasonal blooms.
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