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Sorority house: One home fit for three generations of women

A Ruxton homeowner wanted to comfortably fit three generations of her family into her Cape Cod-style home without expanding the home’s footprint.
So using a design by Melville Thomas Architects, Eldersburg-based Owings Brothers Contracting transformed the space into a “sorority”-style house, says owner Michael Owings.
The home’s second floor went to the homeowner’s college-age daughter. Owings Brothers converted one of the floor’s three bedrooms into a multipurpose room so she could have additional living space. Team members also retiled the shower and expanded her bathroom by eliminating a linen closet.
On the main floor, Owings Brothers built the homeowner’s mother her own master suite. The front family room became the mother’s private sitting room. She also has her own bedroom and new full bathroom.
The family shares the laundry room, mudroom and kitchen, which was renovated to include new hardwood floors, windows, Cambria quartz countertops, white cabinets, marble backsplash, a farmhouse sink and an island where family members can sit. 
The homeowner took the lower level, where Owings Brothers added new hardwood floors, carpet and built-in cabinets. The team also renovated and expanded the bathroom, added a window in the bedroom and replaced the double patio doors with energy-efficient ones. 
“It really made the lower level feel a lot more inviting,” Owings says. “There’s very few rooms in the house now that don’t feel light and airy.” 
Outside, Owings Brothers built a new deck with composite decking, replaced 25 existing windows and replaced the old cream-colored vinyl siding with new gray fiber cement siding. 
The top-to-bottom redo gave the family the space it needed while maintaining the home’s original curb appeal, Owings says.
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