1910 Corbridge Road, Monkton, Baltimore County.

Hot House: Glass-walled modern barn in Monkton. Five beds/six baths, 5,700+ square feet on four acres. Asking price: $1.7. million. 

What: This modern glass-walled barn sits on four acres overlooking the Big Gunpowder Falls in Monkton. Built in 1990 and renovated in 2018,  the house has numerous eco-friendly amenities, including smart appliances, a greenhouse, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and more. 

The barn, built with steel beam, skyscraper construction techniques, is unlike any residence we’ve ever featured. The main walls of the barn are top-to-bottom glass windows, which look out over landscaped and wooded land on one side, and the winding Big Gunpowder Falls and farmland beyond, on the other. Nestled in a clearing at the end of a long driveway, the barn with a glass-topped round silo makes a strong statement of your design aesthetic. 

The updated kitchen features a dual-fuel Wolf range with a pot-filler, a smart fridge, quartz counters, and a bar with an ice maker and beverage refrigerator. Four stone-fronted fireplaces keep the barn cozy and provide a gathering space for the family. Five bedrooms and six bathrooms ensure that everyone in the household has enough space. The lowest level of the house is a separate au pair or in-law suite with its own entrance. Several decks with firepits, as well as one near the entrance to the house, offer ample opportunities for socially-distanced gatherings with friends.  

The house is filled with smart home systems, including an Alexa system for controlling lighting, security and shades for climate and light. The house is wired with fiber-optic cabling, commercial-grade WiFi, a central vacuum system and a constant water pressure system. The owners have worked to “future-proof” the property. 

Where: The barn is located in Monkton, off Corbett Road. It’s close to the NCR Rail Trail for walking or biking. The Big Gunpowder Falls is at the end of the property for fly-fishing, wading or kayaking. It’s a quick drive to the shops in the village of Hereford, and to access to I-83 north and south. 

Final Appraisal: This modern glass-walled barn is certainly not going to be the house for everyone. But for the person who is architecturally inclined, it will be the perfect house. The spare design and wide-open feeling should appeal to someone who wants to feel like they are living in the middle of the tree-tops. The light in this house is incredible and when we’re back to full entertaining, it will be a great house all year long. The listing for the house is here. 

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.