The delights are in the details in this complete restoration of an 1840s farmhouse and barn - every inch was either rebuilt with precise care or restored from the original. The designer/owner unearthed wide plank floors under decades-old linoleum; installed a vintage-style kitchen with bluestone counters, open shelving and an oversized custom hood to complement a massive Wolf stove; burnished copper pipes were used as handrails leading upstairs, and the entry doors were modified to bring more light inside.
With four bedrooms and three baths, and an extra room in the attic that could be used as an office or guest room, there is more than enough room for a large family or guests. Two of the bedrooms are en suite. The dining room features a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, and the living space opens on to a sweet rocking chair porch overlooking the mountains and stream. The house is extremely efficient - all of the windows were replaced during the remodel, and the barn is insulated. Though not really necessary in these parts, there are air conditioning ducts installed in case the new owner would like to add it.
New footings under the barn, and a concrete floor on the first floor support indoor parking, while upstairs, the 20-foot ceilings and antique windows brought in from the original house make for a grand entertainment or play space.
Outside, the landscape includes custom bluestone walls that define a parking area between the barn and house, and a footbridge that crosses the year-round stream and leads to a path through the woods and up to a terraced spot where the current owners planted a vegetable garden. An oversized rear deck is perfect for seasonal entertaining, and overlooks the stream and woods out back.
For a few before and after photos of the restoration, see this slide show on Martha Stewart Living.