Actually, this addition to an 18th century cape came about in a very unusual way. Normally one finds or has the old cape first then adds on; not so in this case.
These homeowners were house hunting in New England when their realtor showed them a gorgeous timber frame home. They were captivated but came to the table too late as the home went under contract to another buyer before they could bid on it. As they continued to look nothing they saw measured up to “the one that got away”. That’s when they switched gears and decided to buy land and build the house they truly wanted.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The couple soon found the perfect piece of property in the hills of northern New England with spectacular views. As it happened, it also had a small post and beam cape that dated to the mid-1700s. It was a great structure but it sat right on the edge of the road. And when I say on, I mean inches from where vehicles passed by.
What to do with this wonderful little piece of New England history? You can’t move a town road and you can’t live on top of one. Not to mention the fact that plans for a gorgeous new post and beam home are well under way at this point.
If you’re this couple, you don’t stay perplexed for long. If you can’t live where the house is, move the house. Not only do you move the old cape but you use it as a gorgeous master bedroom addition to the beautiful new post and beam barn home you’re building. When you’re done, you have the best of both worlds; the spectacular timber frame home you pined for and a piece of architectural history you preserved for future generations. It doesn’t get any better than that!