kitchen area, it slopes from 12 feet to 9 feet. A hallway leads to the master bedroom and bath, and an office is on the other side of the kitchen.
For storage and guests, there is a rudimentary loft accessed by a rolling ladder. However, when family visit, they mostly stay with Willis in
the main house, which can be opened to the new barn space so the two
homes feel like one.
“It’s an ideal situation,” says the wife, who is a medical clinical
trials consultant. Her husband, whom she met while they were working on a volunteer project more than 13 years ago, is a medical systems designer.
The openness of the great room is its most important feature,
but clever details found throughout add character. In the bedroom,
for example, there wasn’t enough room for a closet, so one was placed
a sketch by architect Shannon Alther of TMS
Architects of Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
shows the relationship of the 1970s shed
addition (facing page, top) at the back of the
1700s house with one-third of the barn. From
the street (facing page, bottom), the house
and barn are unchanged.
long curtains accent the French doors that separate the new great room
and the unfinished interior of the barn made inviting with an Oriental rug and
upholstered armchairs grouped around a re-purposed wooden barrel.
= finished space