Ellicott City Resident Updates Kitchen and Bathrooms
The census-designated place and unincorporated community of Ellicott City is the county seat of Howard County in Maryland and a part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. It is located in the Tiber River valley west of the Patapsco River. While it is relatively high, the convergence of several deep stream valleys in the city makes it a flood-prone area. It has a total area of 30.1 square miles. The city is said to be atop seven hills that lie to the southeast of Main Street, which contains the Historic District, and often referred to as “Old Ellicott City” to differentiate it from the surrounding suburban areas.
The city was founded in 1772, named after Joseph Ellicott, one of the founders of Ellicott’s Mills, who also happened to be one of three brothers from Pennsylvania who chose the area to build a flour mill in 1771. A US Postal office was opened in Ellicott’s Mills in 1797. Over the years, the Ellicott brothers established other mills, persuading tobacco farmers to become wheat growers, one of which was Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Ellicott’s Mills became a stop of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1830, and it was called the Ellicott City Station, and was the site of the race between the steam engine “Tom Thumb” and a horse in August 1830. While the horse actually won, it marked the beginning of widespread steam engine use as the technology improved. It was also part of the march of the Gaithers Raiders from Oakland Manor to Baltimore in 1861 during the Civil War. By 1867, Ellicott’s Mills had formally become Ellicott City, and therein followed several decades of noteworthy events, from the lynching of convicted murderer Jacob Henson to devastating floods and fires. It wa the only polling location in the county up to 1962.
Despite some early problems with waste disposal and political issues, Ellicott City evolved on the positive side. For a time, author H.L. Mencken lived in the city with his family as a child, and described the experience in his memoir Happy Days, 1880-1892.
Ellicott City has been ranked as one of the “20 Best Places to Live in the United States” four times since 2005. It was also named as one of the “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns” by Newsmax magazine in 2009. Ellicott City also became a member of Tree City USA, a program that recognizes cities and towns with community and urban forestry.
The total population of Ellicott City as of 2010 is 65,834, of which just over half (57.6%) are white. It has a large Asian population (26.3%), including Koreans with businesses that have become so numerous that the governor established a section of the city as “Korean Way.” The population also includes 9.4% African Americans and 3.8% Hispanics. The median household income in the city as of 2015 is $113,378, much higher than the Maryland median of $75,847.
Things to do in Ellicott City
The interesting thing about Ellicott City is its dubious distinction as one of the most haunted towns on the East Coast. In fact, there is a Ghost Tour managed by the Howard County Tourism Council, and brings participants around to some of the places that are said to be a hotbed for paranormal activities. These include Liburn, Mt. Ida, the B&O railroad bridge, Hayden House, the old Firehouse, and strangely enough, the Patapsco Female Institute, which used to be a girls’ boarding school. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of student Annie Van Derlot who died of pneumonia while attending school there. Other (non-haunted) attractions include the Centennial Park, the Shrine of St. Anthony, the Ellicott City Station, and Trolley Line Number 19 Trail.
The 21st Century look
The client had inherited a home in Ellicott City from her grandmother, who had built the home in 1960, but she was planning to sell it since she already had a home of her own in Baltimore. The home was an all brick rambler with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and the rooms were all pleasantly proportioned. However, it had not been updated since it was built, and the grandmother favored wood panels and carpets in the common areas. The house needed a complete remodel. The client called us in for a a quote for replacing the ceramic tiles of the kitchen counters and the remodeling both bathrooms.
The client arranged for an ocular for one weekend when she would be coming to inspect the progress of the remodeling crew. They were two weeks into the remodel, and the removal of all the wood paneling and carpets had already significantly improved the look of the home. The kitchen cabinets were of solid wood and in excellent condition, so it was just a matter of removing the ceramic tiles and replacing it with stone and installing backsplashes.
The client wanted more work done in the bathrooms, replacing all the wall and floor tiles and installing vanities to replace the pedestal sinks. We made our measurements and invited the client to the showroom to choose the materials. Unfortunately, she was unable to take the time to do so, and gave us carte blanche on the materials as long as it was within her stated budget.
It is always problematic when the client does not choose the materials because there is always the risk that the choices we make will not be what the client wanted. However, as the client intended to sell the home, we relied on our years of experience to choose materials that most home buyers would find attractive. We sent the client photos of the materials we intended to use for each room for her approval, and she promptly agreed to all our suggestions.
We estimated that the project would take two weeks, and entailed coordinating with the contractor doing the remodel for the rest of the home. Fortunately, no work was being done in the kitchen any longer so we could go ahead and install the counters in a couple of days. The contractor had already removed most of the tiles in the bathroom floor because they had done some plumbing work, so this shortened our demo work. We were able to finish the project ahead of time.
The client visited the site just as we were putting the finishing touches to the second bathroom, and she was amazed at the transformation. She praised our choice of granite and marble for the various rooms, and especially liked how the metal backsplashes gave the kitchen a unique character. She said she was now seriously considering moving into the home!
Home sweet home
Updating a home entails a lot of resources, and it can be frustrating for the homeowner. However, when the remodel is done right, it is well worth it. We were extremely happy that the client was 100% satisfied with the work.
KNC Granite specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels, and we make every effort to give the client the very best products and services possible. We regularly transform homes in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and our expertise is just a click away. If you are thinking of a kitchen or bathroom remodel, give us a call. We can give you a free quote and 100% satisfaction, guaranteed.