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A Simple New England Rustic Cottage

A local barn builder helped a Connecticut couple build a home that would fit the site, nurture the growth of their young family and carry their personal stamp.
by Country Carpenters
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John and Dana Evans wanted a home for their young family that would fit their Connecticut site, nurture their growth and carry their personal stamp. They looked to a local barn builder for help.

Country Carpenters, a Hebron, Connecticut-based company, supplies pre-engineered and pre-cut building kits for post-and-beam barns and carriage sheds. The Evans family envisioned a home based on one of Country Carpenters' standard one-and-a-half story barn models. "Using our preliminary plan, Mr. Evans and I discussed and located his preferences for windows and doors, as well as other options like the lean-to and dormers," recalls Paul Baker, general manager for Country Carpenters.

Country Carpenters supplied the Eastern white pine timbers for the home's posts and beams, as well as varying-width pine for the tongue-and-groove flooring and pine shiplap siding for the exterior. Thoughtfully considered details, like hand-forged hinges, were part of what originally drew the Evans family to Country Carpenters' building package.

The home's plan includes a "lean to" section with a vaulted ceiling attached to one side of the barn frame. The lean-to offers just over 500 square feet of finished space–the majority of which accommodates the mudroom and kitchen.

The Evanses designed their three-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot home with its site in mind. The family wanted to protect and highlight existing trees and stone walls on the property. Another goal was to avoid wasted spaces, making the home energy efficient. Still, the family incorporated luxurious touches, like a second-floor laundry and a fireplace in the master suite.

With the building site readied, craftsman from Country Carpenters spent two days working alongside John's crew to erect the home's post-and-beam frame and roof trusses. Then, using the company's color-coded plans and step-by-step construction diagrams, John's crew finished and wrapped the home's exterior, leaving the frame exposed inside the weathertight shell.

From there, John did much of the utilities and interior finishing work himself. When the project was completed, the family had a classic New England home featuring two stone fireplaces, radiant in-floor heat and an open interior with natural flow. A screened porch stretches the home's living space outside and an outdoor fireplace allows them to extend the porch-sitting season.

Home Plan Details:
Square Footage: 2,300
Log Provider: Country Carpenters
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

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