Bel Air Homeowner Renovates with a Vengeance
Bel Air is a town in Harford County, which also serves as the county seat, with a total area of 3.03 square miles. It is located a few miles from I-95 along US Route 1.
The original name of Bel Air was Scott’s Old Fields, because it was part of the 416 acres of land earmarked for resurvey granted in 1731 to Daniel Scott. One tract was called “Scott’s Improvement” (23 acres) and another “Scott’s Friendship” (393 acres). These tracts were passed down to the family, and it was Aquila Scott who marked out the territory of the town of Bel Air on the southeast portion of the area around 1780 and two years later, the town of “Belle Aire” became the county seat. It was incorporated in 1874, and officially became the Town of “Bel Air” in 1798.
By 1865, there were 200 residents, and after the Civil War, the introduction of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad (Ma & Pa Railroad), the canning industry, and various business enterprises accelerated the growth of the town to become the hub of commerce and government in the county. The Bel Air section of MA & Pa was ceased operations in 1958, but the Ma & Pa Walking Trail is still very much in use.
Today, Bel-Air has a population of 10,264 (as of 2014) with a median household income of $64,822 (as of 2015), somewhat lower than the state median of $75,847. The population mix is 87.6% white, 4.3% each for African American and Hispanic races, and 1.8% Asian.
Town residents that have some celebrity include Edwin Thomas Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth (assassin of Abraham Lincoln), who enjoyed the reputation as one of the greatest Shakespearean stage actors of his time. The brothers were born in Bel Air of a prominent theatrical family. The first recipient of a medical degree in the US John Archer lived in a Bel Air homestead called Shamrock until 1955.
Things to Do Around Bel Air
The town of Bel Air has many sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places which are worthy of a visit. These include:
• Bel Air Armory
• Bel Air Courthouse Historic District
• Broom’s Bloom
• Harford National Bank
• Hays House
• Odd Fellows Lodge
• Thomas Run Church
• The Vineyard
• Tudor Hall
• Joshua’s Meadows
• Graystone Lodge
Aside from historic sites, there are many parks of different sizes where you can do anything from going to a picnic to attending a concert. The 53-acre Rockfield Park, for example, has a n extensive horticultural garden, trail network, and a Creative Playground, It also has Rockfield Manor, which is a great venue for private parties and weddings.
If you’re the artsy type, head on over the Bell Air Arts and Entertainment District where you can take your fill of art galleries. You can also enjoy dance and theater performances as well as festivals during the season if you time it right.
Cape Cod home needs fabulous granite counters
The client had recently acquired a Fannie Mae property in Bel Air at very low interest rates. He had bought it with the intention of renovating it for his retirement, just two years away. The Cape Cod home had four bedrooms and two bathrooms, perfect for when his son and his family comes to visit. He was three months into a major renovation, and was at the last stages of an impressive transformation, judging from the before pictures. He needed us to quote him for granite countertops for two vanities and his gourmet kitchen. We scheduled an ocular visit to measure the counters and consult on the best granite for the new designs.
The client had gone with the quintessential modern Cape Cod design with mostly white interior, and hardwood floors. His kitchen had an open floor layout flowing into the dining and living area in the central hall via graceful arches. He had also replaced all the appliances with new brushed steel ones.
It was apparent that the best granite for his kitchen would be a light colors like white. The bathrooms were done in gray paint and white ceramic tiles with bronze fixtures, and for these we recommended the Bianco Romano or Glacier White, also in stock.
Since the client was anxious to close the books on the renovation. We made our measurements and gave him an initial estimate. The kitchen needed two slabs, while the bathrooms needed about half a slab. It was unfortunate that we did not have suitable remnants. He gave a deposit for the stones and we promised to send the fabricator the next day to make the templates.
The client already had the kitchen cabinets and new sink installed, but upon inspection, the fabricator determined that additional support was needed to bear the weight of the counters. The vanities were RTA products, and already had accommodation for stone countertops. The work crew worked on the kitchen while the fabricator cut the granite stones. They were ready for installation after two days. It took longer than usual because the kitchen counters were extensive, and require many cutouts. We went straight to installing the stones as the client was not present to approve a dry fit. It took four hours to install, polish, and seal the granite. It would be ready for use the following day.
The client was extremely pleased with the new kitchen countertops, which lent depth and elegance to the room. He was hard put to identify the seams, so precisely did the various pieces fit together, and the silver flecks in the granite echoed the new stainless-steel appliances. The bathroom vanities looked fantastic as well, the granite blending very well with the overall design.
Knowledge and Skill
KNC Granite is in the business of installing top quality stones for the home. We strive always to give our clients the benefit of our years of knowledge and skill to help them do a perfect remodel.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Visit the KNC Granite showroom or shoot us an email to ask for a free consultation and cost estimate.