The front façade of this early 18 century New England saltbox design reflects an era when architectural emphasis was on function rather than adornment and ornamentation. The best examples from this period adhere to a symmetry of five carefully aligned windows, a centrally located entrance door and a large center chimney. Exterior trim details were flat and simple. When all its elements are correctly scaled and proportioned, the front façade has a particular character and simple elegant quality that for me evokes thoughts of early New England and a frontier lifestyle.

Despite an exterior that reflects a 200 year old heritage, the floor plan for this home is modern and designed for informal family living. The eat-in country kitchen occupies a central position with open access to the living and dining room areas. A central masonry mass contains fireplaces to warm the kitchen/dining room and living room. A rear entry mudroom, half bath and bedroom that can also function as a study or office space finish out the first floor plan. On the second floor, a landing at the top of the stairs is designed to be large and open with an overhead roof window for natural light. This area is roomy enough for two storage closets and a small built-in desk for quiet work. To the right of the landing is a second bedroom and full bath and to the left a large master bedroom with its own fireplace. A dark black-brown stain that simulates an old weathered appearance for the siding and trim works well on this design. The window sash should be painted barn red or a bright “colonial” accent color and the doors can be either stained or painted. A sawn cedar shingle roof is ideal and the chimney should be faced with used brick.


Eat-in kitchen with fireplace, living room with fireplace, bedroom (#1) or study, rear entry mudroom with half bath.


Hall with closet storage and sky lit reading area, bedroom (#2), full bath and master bedroom (#3) with a fireplace.


  • Living Area                            1600 SQ. FT.
  • Breezeway                               126 SQ. FT.
  • Garage & Shop                       634 SQ. FT.

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