- The Washington Times - Friday, August 2, 2002

Porten Homes is building 14 single-family homes on 2-acre sites at Norbeck Farm in Olney.

Each home in this Montgomery County community will feature oversized brick on the facade and a three-car side-entry garage. Four-car garages and stone-and-shingle facades are optional.

Inside, all four models feature four bedrooms; 3½ baths; 9-foot ceilings; a first-floor study; a gas fireplace in the family room; oversized trim and moldings; granite counters in the kitchen; and a master suite with a separate sitting room and a bath with a tub, separate shower, 12-by-12-inch ceramic tile and a raised vanity.

The homes have about 3,385 to 5,161 finished square feet, with base prices from the upper $700,000s.

The Devonwood model, with 5,161 square feet, features a columned portico entrance into the two-story foyer, which has a long gallery leading to a curving staircase. The formal dining room includes columns and a bay window along with an entrance to the large butler's pantry.

The formal living room has several columns to define its space, and nearby is a powder room and study. The two-story family room includes a coffered ceiling and a fireplace and opens onto a large breakfast room with a built-in desk. Adjacent to the breakfast room is a center-island kitchen with a walk-in pantry, access to the butler's pantry and a laundry room with plenty of storage space.

Upstairs, the master suite has a separate sitting room, a coffered ceiling, a morning kitchen, two huge walk-in closets, and a dramatic bath with a glass-enclosed island shower in the center of the room, which also has a coffered ceiling and a tub.

Options include finished lower levels with media rooms, wine cellars and tech centers, sunroom additions, and other modifications.

For information or directions, call community sales manager Wendy Neumann at 240/888-6384.

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