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New England barn gets historically preserved to charming living quarters

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This beautiful old barn built in 1790 has been historically preserved to be part of a living space by Cummings Architects, located in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The homeowners had contacted several architects about preserving their dilapidated barn. They had all suggested tearing down the barn, but not Cummings Architects, who has a history of preserving some of the oldest timber frame homes and barns across the United States. The old barn was attached to an attractive 1870 Victorian home and the homeowners wished to expand their living spaces into the barn.

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The barn would be repurposed to give the owners additional living and storage spaces over four levels. This would include a new great room, master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, an exercise room, play loft and three-car garage, as well as an expansive outdoor deck for entertaining. Additionally, all of the mechanical systems would be upgraded, while an adjoining mudroom would be completely overhauled. The new space would open into the kitchen, this way the homeowner could pay close attention to her children while they are at play.

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The ground level encompasses a garage that is spacious enough for three cars. Just off the garage is the mudroom, a spacious yet quaint space with an exposed wood ceiling, custom built seat with period details and a powder bath.

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Above: The powder bath features a vanity that was constructed using salvaged wood and reclaimed bluestone, which was sourced on the property.

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What We Love: This old barn went from near demolition to being historically preserved into a warmly inviting new living space that met all of the family’s lifestyle needs. It is aesthetically stylish and loaded with warmth and character, what you would expect in an old structure. It has become a stunning addition and asset to this stately Victorian home… Readers, what are your overall thoughts, could you live in a renovated old barn?

Note: Have a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Cummings Architects: Beautifully renovated Dutch Colonial style home nestled in New England.

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Above: Original, exposed timbers frame an expansive, double volume family room which leads, through classic French doors, to a new deck adjacent to the spacious and open backyard.

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Above: This newly restored and renovated barn features a mid-level exercise studio and a children’s playroom, which connects to the main house.

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Above: On the second level, salvaged barn doors lead to the master suite. This area features a bright and airy bedroom and bathroom and a custom his/hers walk-in closet separated by a black walnut island.

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Above: In the gleaming white master bathroom, hand-beaded boards surround a claw-foot tub, offering the perfect respite after a long day.

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Photos: Cummings Architects

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