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. A concrete silo hosts a cedar hot tub.   [[SLIDE]]

Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe
September 19, 2013 10:54 AM

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.

John R. Ellement

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