Originally built as a barn and situated on an historic five-acre estate, the building had been purchased through a probate sale and was in rough shape. Previously converted to a residence, the post and beam structure still had single-board walls with utilities run on the exterior and few windows. Daylight came through the walls in places.
The building was stripped to the structure and rebuilt with insulated walls and salvaged windows. The boarded up cupola was restored with clear glass to allow natural ventilation and light into the center of the upstairs. Downstairs, a shed-roofed addition extended into the garden to accommodate a new kitchen and breakfast nook that enjoys abundant natural light.