| Feb 24, 2011
| 4:01 PM
At a time in life when retired couples often consider downsizing with the goal of uncomplicating their lives, Jean and George Smorse took a different path.
In March 2000, the couple moved to Taneytown in northern Carroll County, where they purchased a...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 11:14 AM
In 2003, Mike Dufton purchased a 2,200-square-foot townhome on tranquil Back Creek just outside Annapolis in the community of King James Landing.
The end-of-group design featuring a side entrance, along with views of the water just beyond the front yard,...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 10:25 AM
Behind the doors of Baltimore's thousands of rehabilitated brick rowhouses, any number of interior designs can be found. Many are based on size, others on architectural dictates and still others on individual tastes. Some surprise, while others delight....
| Mar 23, 2011
| 2:22 PM
Karen Foltz finds comfort in symmetry. Add order and neatness and you have her version of the ideal home design.
But when Foltz and her husband were looking to move and could not find a house that offered the comfort she longed for, the solution was...
| May 25, 2011
| 1:52 PM
From the foot of their driveway, Leslie Kopp and Chuck Coltman's three-story, seaside retreat is as imposing a Victorian structure as one is likely to encounter along the shores of Bethany Beach, Del.
The exterior is as formal as a portrait of a great-...
| Jun 2, 2011
By all accounts, Frank and Wendy Bunch's farm in Kent County would be an appropriate — and historically correct — setting for any film or documentary on America's Colonial past. One would only need to replace the couple's late-model cars...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 10:35 AM
The exterior of Lee and Sue Jensen's home in the Catonsville development of Fox Hall Farms is traditional and reserved. Like its connected group of neighbors, the Colonial-style facade features neutral-color siding, a brick chimney, multi-framed windows...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 12:26 PM
The fascinating thing about the Carroll County bilevel home of Corynne Courpas and her husband, Scott Markle, is its dual personality.
From the street, their home looks exactly as it did in 1977. It is only at the front door that the home expands, with...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 9:35 AM
If the courtyard that greets visitors to Denny and Cindi Mather's beach home in Fenwick Island, Del., looks like the entrance to a motel, that's because it once was.
The walled courtyard with foliage, fountain and an arched wrought-iron gate that opens...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 6:32 AM
Picture a narrow lane on the Assawoman Bay in North Ocean City, where mansions of differing styles are year-round residences. Dr. Bill Allen, an Ocean City dentist, lives in one of these homes with an exterior design of his own choosing.
"I wanted a...
| Nov 26, 2011
Joe Graziose and his family have recently moved into their fourth home at the same location — the Ritz-Carlton Residences along Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
"We've tested locations on all fronts of the building," he said. "Our last unit overlooked...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:43 PM
Friends and visitors who have a fear of water will need to be dropped by helicopter onto the island residence of Gary and Debbie Schoenemann. Assuming they have no fear of flying.
However, few seem to mind the short boat ride from the pier of the...