A door on the left leads to an outdoor shower, and a custom window on
the right opens accordion-style to the screened porch.
Upstairs, guest rooms mirror one another and are “meant to be
interchangeable,” says O’Shea. On each side, there is a family suite
that includes a parents’ room and a kids’ bunk room with a Jack-and-The home’s palette is monochromatic, but, says
O’Shea, “it’s fairly rich,” with lots of textures. For example, the raw linen sofa contrasts with velvety benches
that flank a dining table made from a wood slab “reminiscent of a big
block of driftwood,” says O’Shea. Railings by Steve’s Custom Iron
Works of Norwalk, Connecticut, and black-framed windows from
Andersen Windows & Doors tie light and dark elements together.
The Alaskan yellow cedar exterior is a calming element next to the
red house. The material is longer lasting and harder to find than white
or red cedar, and the 7-inch-wide boards were also cut as long as pos-
sible to minimize seams, which are points of vulnerability to weather.
“It wasn’t done piecemeal,” says O’Leary about the barn house
her family loves. (And though it’s an ongoing effort to maintain the
red house, she is now turning her attention to its larger repairs.) “The
end result is just so wonderful. I feel really good that we kept the property and hope that it will remain in my family for many generations to
2 screened porch
4 dining area
5 living area
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