The back staircase directly links kitchen and master suite. The old house's three upstairs bedrooms are now a master bath, a kids' room, and a playroom. Our daughters, Claudia, 4, and Gretchen, 2, were both born during the renovation. When Claudia was tiny, she called the farmhouse "Papa's house." Evenings, her mom would bring her to say goodnight as I worked, so she thought I lived there.
Shown: A half-spiral staircase leads from the kitchen to the master suite and showcases the addition's hand-hewn timber frame, which came from a 1780 summer kitchen and was grafted onto the original house by the couple.