224 Little Bay Road, Newington, NH
Size: 5,347 square feet
Another day, another beautifully repurposed barn.
When they first bought the property in 2005, this home’s sellers were greeted with a two-acre dirt lot and a Cape house with an attached barn. The barn’s stone foundation was crumbling, the cattle stalls were caked with old manure, and the woodwork was white-washed. Cut to: the glowing Great Room housed in the barn today, and the beautifully landscaped grounds that surround it.
How’d they do it? First, the foundation was replaced with a solid poured granite base, and the old granite pieces were repurposed for landscaping walls around the yard. The wooden walls, though they dated back to circa 1830, were still in great condition, as were the oak gunstock posts and beams inside the building, but the floors were redone with reclaimed pine. As for those grimy stalls, they were cleaned out, revamped with paint and lighting, cordoned off with curtains, and transformed into a pair of inviting guest rooms. The high haylofts in the Great Room have been opened up to reveal the cathedral ceilings, but a hoop chandelier hangs down to hover about the sitting area, creating a cozy den within the grand refuge. One hayloft was left intact, though—off to the side, the current homeowners use the lofted zone as a graphic design studio.
Slide the original wooden door aside to enter into the kitchen of the main home, where solid oak and ash cabinets, a Shaws Original farmhouse sink, and an AGA four-oven range cooker are positioned around a clever kitchen island. Not only does the base boast wine racks, bookshelves, and half a dozen drawers, but it is topped with a slab of absolute black honed granite—which extends into a breakfast bar on one end, while a butcher’s block is sunken into another.
If you happen to crave a pint after a lingering dinner or fete in the Great Room, the in-home tavern can surely quench your thirst. Inspired by the sellers’ British roots and long-held desire for a personal pub, the saloon is complete with booth seating, a television and pool table, and a proper bar. The overhead light fixture is enclosed by a piece of stained glass for a retro look, and the mirror reflecting the bottles behind the bar was found in the barn when the sellers first moved in.
Outside, where you can glimpse a view of the nearby bay beyond the lawn and between the trees, another piece of the 19th-century barn has been recycled: The sellers built a small gardening shed with some of the outbuilding’s old wood.
For information, contact Marci Francis or Colleen Lake , Marci & Co Realty Group at Keller Williams, kw.com.
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