From the beginning, I'd sought out materials by trolling eBay and Craigslist, finding tile, old floorboards, and a professional Thermador dual-fuel range. One discovery would literally become the heart of our home. On an architectural salvage website, I found a 1780 two-story timber frame from a Pennsylvania Dutch summer kitchen in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, where my mom grew up. We bought it from Phil Kelley, a preservation expert, who also drew up plans for a foundation and its attachment to the house. We changed his plans as we went, but when we raised it, connecting it to the house with a 10-foot passageway and adding a metal roof, we knew it was a perfect fit. The new section added 900 square feet—soon to be our master bedroom, big kitchen, and connecting Jersey Winder staircase—to the house.