Andrea and Ken were interested in downsizing and moving closer into the city. They wanted to use their spaces smarter instead of having rooms they rarely used. Andrea and Ken fell in love with a Gordon Sugar home in Pikesville. A unique find of a contemporary home in Baltimore, the neighborhood of similar, but unique homes were all built by developer Sugar between 1940 and 1960. The contemporary feel was close, but it needed updating and the floor plan needed to be opened up. Like all older homes, the home had some challenges to address when we opened up the walls. But Peter was able to utilize his background and skill to come up with creative ideas to address the issues.

 

I’ve trained myself to say, ‘Here’s an opportunity to reinforce the design.’ You see the result of a thousand great decisions, and it’s fun to see that. –Peter

We took down the wall between the Kitchen and the Great Room, creating a light filled, open and airy space set off by a 48-foot-long wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. For aesthetic reasons (and it was essential for the structure) we choose steel I-beams and columns to replace that load bearing wall. The back lit onyx in the kitchen island is now the focal point of the home. To have a separate space for their two sons, we created an addition with two bedrooms, a second laundry room just for the boys, and a study area. The carport was converted to a storage area and a new, temperature-controlled two-car garage was added. Other additions include an art studio for Andrea as well as a gym.

The interior highlights Andrea’s eclectic tastes. Andrea who is an artist, was integral in all the design phases and especially in the interior where she’d picked out every color.

Press

Read more about Andrea and Ken’s home as featured in these articles in our Press section:

Even in French, Organization is Key as seen on Houzz (French version).

Modern Meets Mid-Century as seen in Baltimore Magazine in 2016.