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Topsfield barn converted into unique family home is Home of the Week

This home located at 26 East St., Topsfield, Mass., was converted from a dairy barn. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.
This home located at 26 East St., Topsfield, Mass., was converted from a dairy barn. A concrete silo hosts a cedar hot tub. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Since 1984, when the cows moved out and remodeling contractor David Conley and his wife, Ruth, moved in, the couple has transformed the barn at the former Eastgate farm into a distinctive home with 23-foot ceilings, a full outdoor kitchen, and a workshop in the old milking barn. The kitchen, dining area, and living room have original post and beams and glistening Southern yellow pine flooring. A finish carpenter, Conley built the kitchen cabinets out of rough-sawn oak and the oak trim work throughout. A deck, two bedrooms each with closets behind folding wooden doors, and a full family bath radiate off the living room.

The upper floor master suite has a comfortably sized bedroom, a 13-foot ceiling, a large bath with a soaking tub and a separate shower, and closets with built-ins. A Y-shaped catwalk of spruce planks connects to a Juliet balcony. On lower levels, an office/workout area with kitchenette is adjacent to a series of garages, one of which has a vehicle lift. Conley installed a cedar hot tub into the concrete silo. The exterior kitchen has all standard appliances and a roofed deck. The house sits on nearly 5 acres, with walking trails leading to Howlett Brook at the rear of the lot.

Lillian Montalto of Signature Properties in Andover is the listing broker.

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John R. Ellement