Sometimes it takes a long while to find the right home for a family of five — especially when it includes three growing, active children.

Rachel and David Lombardo searched for three years until they found their traditional, Colonial-style house. It sits on 7 acres of land — much of it wooded — in Parkton.


The home fit many practical priorities for the family, who already lived in the area. David Lombardo was relocating his company, American Deck & Patio, from Baltimore to Parkton, and the children (Matthew, 10; Seve, 7; and Grace, 6) were active in local sports. The kids wouldn't even have to change schools — another bonus. The backyard, as Rachel Lombardo said, was "a kids' dream. and for an active family like ours, it was a perfect fit. We were not going to let it go for anything."

All was not an immediate dream, however. While it was in good shape overall, the 6,000-square-foot home was empty for a year before the Lombardos bought it for $710,000 in December 2013. There would be four long months of work before the family moved in in April 2014.

Rachel Lombardo, a 44-year-old marketing director for Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, Pa., listed a few of the major repairs.

"The master bath was completely remodeled, [we put] all-new flooring in the basement [and] built a gym there," she said. "All the lighting was replaced, [with] new flooring in the garage entryway."

They also remodeled the laundry room, replaced the sewer system, and drained and repaired the pool, along with replacing the gas line entering the house. Every indoor light fixture was changed to suit the decor. The Lombardos also built a balcony outside the master bedroom overlooking the swimming pool and relandscaped the gardens and the sport court, which includes a basketball hoop, a net for tennis and volleyball, and equipment for lacrosse and soccer.

Interior decor was of primary importance. For help with that, Rachel Lombardo chose interior designer Adrianne Kotula of WPS Paint and Decorating Center.

"Adrianne helped me pick a color palette that could expand the entire home," Rachel Lombardo said. "She helped me use color to highlight areas and transition them well from one part of the house to another. She took me places I don't think I would have gone."

Kotula introduced patterned wallpaper in some of the rooms to enhance the overall design element of the neutral decor.

In the family room with its cathedral ceiling, wallpaper in a diamond design decorates the walls on either side of a brick, wood-burning fireplace. Multipaned windows and a hinged door open to a patio.

"Adrianne also helped me pick out window treatments, furniture and accessories to decorate my home in a more modern transitional theme," Lombardo said.

The family room's L-shaped sofa, built-in bookshelves and large flat-screen TV make it the perfect place for relaxing.

"[The room] is so large and allows great views of the backyard and most of the first level," Lombardo said. "It's large enough to entertain and have kids running around. The view is expansive, and I can see anything the kids might be doing outside."

Adjacent to the family room is the kitchen, with its deeply coffered ceiling and glazed maple cabinetry. The room also features a three-section island, granite countertops, stone backsplashes, stainless-steel appliances such as a six-burner Wolf stove and — like the rest of the rooms on the first level — oak flooring with 31/4-inch-wide planks.

A butler's pantry flows through to the dining room. Here, gray-green and white-patterned wallpaper grace the top half of the walls with white paneling below. A transitional dining room set sits under a tray ceiling, from which hangs a brass, double-tiered chandelier.


"My mother-in-law gave us her dining room set before she passed away," Lombardo said. "I feel honored that we get to continue the family gatherings as she would want. Her set brings us all together, just like when my husband was a child."

A large two-story entrance hall with a four-tiered brass chandelier separates the dining room and living room, where a corner gas fireplace with a carved wood mantel and surround offers a good spot for entertaining.

The children's brightly colored artwork, matted and framed, hangs in the second-story hallway at the top of an oak staircase. Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a master suite are on this level.

The lower level features a cozy sitting area with a third fireplace, built-in shelves and a projection television. In addition to the gym, there is a bar and pool table.

David and Rachel Lombardo have more projects planned, including a backyard makeover that will feature an extension of their family room and an outdoor kitchen, bar and fireplace.

"During the winter, we will work on updating the rec room … with some additional cabinets and stonework to bring more of a 'pub' feel to the room," Rachel Lombardo said.

Down the line, the children's bathrooms will be updated with an eye to new flooring, cabinets and lighting.

In many ways, the Lombardos' dream home has every bit as much to do with the exterior as the spacious interior.

"[This is] the ideal package for our active family," Rachel Lombardo said. "We do everything outside, and the yard allows us to play all day long in a safe environment."

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