exterior of farmhouse remodel with barn addition
Photo: John Gruen

Country House as Fantasy

A country house easily becomes an object of fantasy. With a few improvements, this charming and eccentric find will become the staging ground for a whole new way of life—one that involves leisurely meals, long walks, maybe a bit of gardening.

Or so the fantasy goes.

Then those fixes take on a life of their own. Which is pretty much what happened to Bobby Houston and Eric Shamie, seasoned renovators who nonetheless had little idea of what was in store when they happened upon a centuries-old farmhouse nestled in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and decided to make it their own.

Shown: The clapboard house became a light box after new dormers went in on the back side and interior walls came down. Cedar roof shingles and painted siding contribute to the fresh look, along with a post-and-beam side wing made with old barn parts and pierced with floor-to-ceiling windows.

General contractor: John Scapin, Scapin Builders, Mill River, MA; 413-229-3665
Carpentry: Enrico Hinz, Housatonic, MA; 413-717-1016
Plasterwork: Robin Berthet, Sheffield, MA
Masonry: Monterey Masonry, Sheffield, MA
Windows and doors: Eagle Window and Door
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