Home Sweet Crofton Home with Granite Fireplace
The census-designated place (CDP) of Crofton locates in Anne Arundel County in Maryland, 9.8 miles west of Annapolis, the state capital, and about 24 miles east-northeast of Washington, D.C. and south of Baltimore. Established relatively recently in 1964, it has a 2010 population of 27,438, of which 72% are white, 13.7% are African American, and equal percentages of Asian and Hispanics (5.2%).
Crofton name in the Money magazine list of the 100 Best Places to Live in 2007 and 2011. It scored well for major amenities, schools, location, and anonymity. It was a friendly community, but not too friendly. The median household income as of 2015 was $114,490, significantly higher than state median of $75,847.
The story of Crofton begins in 1963, when the Crawford corporation acquired 650 hectares of land, planned a community for it, and called it Crofton. This was in reference to a small town in England by the same name, and officially founded in 1964, around the same time that Reston in Virginia and Columbia in Maryland. The main feature of the planned community was the golf course (present-day Crofton County Club) and its exclusivity as a gated community. Today, however, only the golf course continues to serve its original function. The gates are still there, but perennially open, serving only as a symbol.
If you ever watched Snakehead Terror or Frankenfish, then you may be familiar with the concept of a fish infestation.
You would normally think that fresh fish in water is a good thing, but not when one particular threatens to wipe out all the others. This is what happened in Crofton in mid-2002, when a Northern Snakehead, a species of fish known for its voracious appetite and aggressiveness, found in its waters. The authorities took steps to check the ecological damage by eliminating the fish species, and a 2007 National Geographic documentary showed it had just been in the nick of time.
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Among the landmarks in Crofton include the Whites Hall, the family home of the Hopkins family since 1660, back when Crofton was not even in existence. It was the birthplace of businessman Johns Hopkins, born in 1795, and accumulated wealth which he later used to fund several institutions, including Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The house still stands where it had been since the family first came to America. It is not open to the public, but you can still look at it.
Another home owned by an influential family in Maryland is the Linthicum Walks, owned by Thomas Linthicum III. It built on land obtained in 1699, which also included a tobacco farm. It currently restored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.
For even older exhibits, make sure you check out the Katcef Archeological Site. It shows the overlapping campsites from the Paleoindian period to the Late Woodland period, In 1991, It became part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Fireplace surrounds make all the difference
The client had a single family home in the Colonial style, built in 1982. Among its features is a pellet stove insert fireplace surrounded with red brick in the living room. He didn’t like that the insert jutted a full foot into the room, and thought it looked ugly. He contacted us to get a quote for extending the mantel, sides and hearth so that it would be flush to the fireplace insert, and covering the entire structure in granite. Upon inspection, we saw that the cement columns on either side of the fireplace was at just the right depth to match the fireplace front, and suggested we use them as the support for the extension. The client agreed, and we provided a quote for the Black Marinace granite he had selected that would go very well with the hardwood floor and the black powdered finish of the fireplace insert.
Our biggest challenge for this project is creating a structure that was strong enough to hold the heavy granite slabs, especially the ones on the wall. After creating a sturdy framework, we affixed large sheets of dura board to establish the new “wall” and provide a solid surface for the granite. Since we were installing new boards, we did not have the usual issue of adjusting for out of level surfaces for installing the stone.
We were able to pull off the installation without a hitch, and the client was so happy with the results that he rearranged the layout of the living room so that the main focus was on the fireplace, and not on the large television. The granite and the reconfigured fireplace was definitely a striking improvement in an otherwise unremarkable room.
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We at KNC Granite specialize in the use of granite is almost all situations, and find that it is a particularly good material for fireplace surrounds. Aside from being extremely durable and heat resistant, it is also quite beautiful. Any room that has a granite fireplace surround is sure to center on that.
Do you have a fireplace you’d rather not look at? Let us change that for you. Shoot us an email or give us a call for a NO OBLIGATION free quote. We can discuss all your concerns so that you know what you need in your countertop installer