Two weeks ago, The Barns went up for sale with Sotheby’s. Check it out http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-2720-ljyn6y/stunning-architect-designed-home-fashioned-from-historic-berkshire-barns-sheffield-ma-01257. I want to share some details not on the web.
This is how it looked on Labor Day Weekend, 1997. Three former dairy (and sheep) barns, located appropriately on Barnum Street, right? With a top notch architect, also a friend (and still one) and excellent builder (all local), we set about transforming this into a family home.
It was a great project. I toured salvage yards all over New England to source 6 vertical panel doors, door hardware (Bennington Pottery doorknobs) as well as pedestal sinks and architectural details to be incorporated into the design. Our architect was very patient with me! These beveled glass library doors originally were from Belgium.
This curved entrance wall encloses the pantry on its kitchen side. It is faced with red siding from the front of the barn. A black painted gardener’s trophy is made from flea market garden tools. The carpenter’s helped me assemble it right to the wall.
This was the original milk house, dating to the mid 1700’s. In the 1940’s it was fitted out with 18C windows and a door with a pretty pediment. It has to be the cutest floral design storage room in the country!