ARCHITECTURE TMS ARCHITECTS
couple living in an
early 1700s Colonial house with a large 1840
barn out back wanted a home with less space,
especially since their children — seven combined from previous marriages — were grown.
Being experienced travelers, they considered
moving anywhere in the world and compiled
pros and cons for each place they had enjoyed
living in or visiting, including their own home
in a picturesque New Hampshire town near
the coast. For pros, it offered proximity to the
mountains, the ocean, and an international
airport and, most important to them, it kept
them close to their continually growing (seven
grandchildren and counting) family. Plus, they
really liked the house and property they had
shared for 13 years.
Working with TMS Architects in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the wife’s
son, Tim Willis of Breakwater Builders in
Stratham, New Hampshire, the couple realized the solution was right in their backyard.
They drew up a plan to re-purpose a section of
the old barn, customizing it to fit their needs
for space and comfort. In turn, 31-year-old
Willis would move into the main house with
his girlfriend, Tracie Brann, who works in the
an up-to-date kitchen is at the center of the
renovation that combined part of an 1840 barn (on
the right with a ceiling approximately 26 feet high)
and a 1970s shed addition (on the left with a
ceiling sloping from 12 feet high to 9 feet). The
door to the left of the refrigerator leads to an office.
The rolling ladder is used to access a loft used for
storage and occasional guests.
WRITTEN BY COURTNEY GOODRICH
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROB KAROSIS