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Rustic Elegance in a Barn Home Addition

Actually, this addition to an 18th century cape came about in a very unusual way. Normally one finds or has the old cape first then adds on; not so in this case.

These homeowners were house hunting in New England when their realtor showed them a gorgeous timber frame home. They were captivated but came to the table too late as the home went under contract to another buyer before they could bid on it. As they continued to look nothing they saw measured up to “the one that got away”. That’s when they switched gears and decided to buy land and build the house they truly wanted.

The property has wonderful views.

The property has wonderful views.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The couple soon found the perfect piece of property in the hills of northern New England with spectacular views. As it happened, it also had a small post and beam cape that dated to the mid-1700s. It was a great structure but it sat right on the edge of the road. And when I say on, I mean inches from where vehicles passed by.

What to do with this wonderful little piece of New England history? You can’t move a town road and you can’t live on top of one. Not to mention the fact that plans for a gorgeous new post and beam home are well under way at this point.

What to do about this little cape?

What to do about this little cape?

If you’re this couple, you don’t stay perplexed for long. If you can’t live where the house is, move the house. Not only do you move the old cape but you use it as a gorgeous master bedroom addition to the beautiful new post and beam barn home you’re building. When you’re done, you have the best of both worlds; the spectacular timber frame home you pined for and a piece of architectural history you preserved for future generations. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Building of the new post and beam gets under way while the little red cape awaits it's turn.

Building of the new post and beam gets under way while the little red cape awaits it’s turn.

Construction coninues....

Construction continues….

A successful union of old and new.

A successful union of old and new.

The entryway sits in the juncture of the old and new stuctures.

The entryway sits in the juncture of the old and new structures.

The great room is spacious, yet cozy.

The great room is spacious, yet cozy.

Through the dining room wondow is a view of the old cape in it's new capacity as master bedroom.

Through the dining room window is a view of the old cape in its new capacity as master bedroom.

The loft area just above the dining room is open to the great room below.

The loft area just above the dining room is open to the great room below.

The kitchen is located off the dining room and great room.

The kitchen is located off the dining room and great room.

The master bedroom and sitting area now occupy the entire 18th Century cape.

The master bedroom and sitting area now occupy the entire 18th Century cape.

A beautiful union of 18th and 21st Century architecture.

A beautiful union of 18th and 21st Century architecture.

And oh, that view...Heaven!

And oh, that view…Heaven!

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One Response to Rustic Elegance in a Barn Home Addition

  1. beambabe October 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    I’m all for animal rights but you have me mistaken for someone else as I was not in attendance at any animal rights program! But glad you like the post!

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