Saltboxes with a gambrel roof were not as common as the gabled roof version but, frugal Yankees were well aware of the space advantages afforded by the gambrel roof form and so today one can still find many fine 18th and 19th century gambrel saltboxes in New England. The Portsmouth Saltbox is trimmed and finished in a manor that was typical of finer homes built in the mid to late 1800s. In its time, it might have been the home of a wealthy merchant or sea captain.

Its symmetrical nine window front is decorated with molded corner boards and window trim, chevron pediments, a robust entablature accentuated with modillions and clapboard siding, refined with a beaded edge. The Portsmouth interior is designed for informal family living. The open kitchen and dining spaces share the warmth and ambiance of a big walk-in fireplace with a functional beehive oven for the adventurous chefs. In the kitchen, two roof windows brighten the space with natural light and a large island provides space for food preparation and counter dining. The kitchen has an abundance of cabinet storage and a convenient pantry closet. A pair of glass pocket doors separates the dining area from the more formal living room which is warmed by its own fireplace. The other major living space on the first floor is the den or TV room (for those who want a more formal dining room, the dining area and TV room can be switched around).

The second floor has a large master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets and a separate master bath. Two additional bedrooms are serviced by a second full bath. The side entry/mudroom incorporates all the essentials: closet space, a bench with a built-in boot box, a half bath and a separate laundry room with soaking tub and counter for folding. A screened porch off the side entry rounds out the first floor plan.


Living Room w/ Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Open Eat-In Kitchen / Family Room w/ Large Beehive Oven Fireplace, Half Bath, Mud Room Ell w/ Laundry, Screened Porch and 2 Bay Carriage Shed.


Master Bedroom (#1) w/ Full Bath and 2 Walk-in Closets, 2 Bedrooms (#2 and #3), Full Bath and Stairway to the Third Level.


  • First Floor                               1301 SQ. FT. (screened porch not included)
  • Second Floor                         1307 SQ. FT.
  • Third Floor                              624 SQ. FT.

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