Townhouse Dweller in Catonsville Replaces Ugly Counters
The middle-class census-designated place of Catonsville is in Baltimore County, occupying a total area of 14 square miles west of the City of Baltimore border. It is best known as a college town, with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County students, nearly 14,000 of them, making up a significant portion of its 41,567 (as od 2010) population. The UMBC is a public university specializing in research.
It wasn’t always students, however. Back in the day, the area between Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River and all the way to the Patapsco River was believed to have been the home of the native Piscataway tribe, and where Catonsville is now is along the Piscataway Bay. When European settlers came, they lived amicably enough alongside the tribes until the middle of the 16th Century when the English government drove them away. Many native tribal folks died of diseases carried by the colonists, while some were made into slaves. Those who survived moved north to join the Iroquois.
With the colonists left in possession, they spread across present-day Maryland, and Catonsville was formed because of the building of the Frederick Turnpike (Route 144) of the Ellicott family. They owned a flour mill, and needed the road to send their products to Baltimore. A community that would later be known as Catonsville (after its main mover, Richard Caton, under the aegis of his father-in-law and Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll) formed along that turnpike in the 19th Century in the wake of brisk business.
Catonsville was mostly used as a summer residence by the wealthy, but with modern transportation, more people started to live in the area year-round. Baltimore tried to annex Catonsville several times, the latest of which was in 1918, but was repeatedly rebuffed.
There are several interesting facts about Catonsville. It was the site of the last public appearance by Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain). It is also where Spring Grove Hospital, the second oldest psychiatric hospital, is located. Catonsville experienced a period of notoriety due to the burning of 378 draft records in 1968 by anti-war activists referred to as Catonsville Nine, about the nine Catholics that did the deed. It sparked many other anti-war movements persisting to this day.
Famous people associated with Catonsville includes scientist and inventor Benjamin Banneker, peace activists David and Philip Berrigan, “The Father of Wargaming” Charles S. Roberts and Archbishop of Denver James Cardinal Stafford. For a brief period, the teenaged Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth attended St. Timothy’s Hall in Catonsville.
Things to Do Around Catonsville
Catonsville was declared by the Maryland legislature as “Music City, Maryland” because of the proliferation of music-related establishments and facilities. Naturally, when in Music City, prepare to enjoy music! You can enjoy free concerts at the Lurman Woodland Theatre on weekends from June to August.
Other attractions in Catonsville range from historical sites to recreational facilities. On the top of the list for history buffs is commemorative plaque for Castle Thunder, the home of CDP founder Richard Caton, a gift from his father-in-law. It was built in 1787 and torn down in 1906. You should also visit the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum and Spring Grove Alumni Museum.
Beautiful granite counters urgently needed
The client owned a nice 1400-square foot townhouse with built in 1952. The floor is the original hardwood, quite beautifully refinished, and it had 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen had been newly renovated and had nice maple cabinets and new appliances. Unfortunately, the new counters were polished wood in a bilious shade of green that did not go well with anything. The client wanted it replaced with something more beautiful, and called us for a quote for new granite countertops.
We agreed with the client that the counters had to go. However, seeing that the counters were brand new, we suggested it may be more practical to repaint it a different color to make it look better. The client was adamant about replacing them with granite countertops so the kitchen would “go with the rest of the house.” We agreed that granite countertops would look much better than wood (naturally!), so we took our measurements and invited him to the showroom to choose his stone.
The client was amazed at the large number of granite slabs we had from which to choose. To avoid overwhelming him, we sent him with a staffer to assist him. After an hour, he came back with three possible stones. We used the Kitchen Visualizer on the site to show him how each of his choices would look given the existing color scheme of his kitchen. He very much liked the effect of Cosmic Black, and decided to go with that. He would need two slabs for his kitchen, and we gave him a quote. He immediately agreed, and asked how fast we could install it. We gave him a time frame of one week to be on the safe side. He paid a deposit and scheduled the templating for the next morning.
The fabricator arrived as scheduled and made the templates. Since the counters and sink would have to be removed prior to installation, he advised the client to expect the work crew to come in two days. In the meantime, he worked on the slabs. On the third day with the area prepped for installation, we delivered the countertops and the installers went to work. It took them four hours to glue and polish, and seal the granite. They advised the client to refrain from using the counters for at least 2 hours to let the seal cure.,
The client was absolutely delighted with his new countertops, claiming it made his kitchen look very different. Much of the credit belonged to him, as he chose well. We were partly responsible, because it was our high-quality granite and precision fabrication that sealed the deal, so to speak. We were all very happy with the result.
Working together works
KNC Granite is in the business of installing top quality stones for the home. We strive always to give our clients many options for their remodel even when it means losing business. In this project, the client chose to go the route to beauty rather than practicality, ad it worked well in the end.
Visit the KNC Granite showroom or shoot us an email to ask for a free consultation and cost estimate. You are under no obligation to purchase from us, and we will be the first to tell you so.