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When the Schreibers’ purchased their little stone farmhouse, they purchased a structure that had been built in the late 1700s a fact that gave the property instant charm, but did require an added attention to detail during the design and building phases.

“It was important to the homeowners, and to us, that we be considerate of the original house,” explains Kevin Perdue, representative at Heavy Timber Truss & Frame. “For example, we found windows for the addition that perfectly matched the windows in the farmhouse. Those kind of details are what makes the finished house really come together and work.”

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ABOVE: The view from the great room showcases the wide-open feel of the 1,900-square-foot main-level addition. Reclaimed barnwood flooring and a fireplace designed to mimic the look of the farmhouse’s stone walls bring a time-worn feel to the space.

OPPOSITE: The home’s front porch was built to cover both the entrance to the addition and the original front door to create a seamless connection. The Schreibers also decided to rehab the home’s existing stucco and add new matching stucco to the addition for continuity.

The 8-inch-thick fresh-sawn Douglas fir timbers and tongue-and-groove ceiling: make an impact in the open kitchen. Cream-colored drywall, Daltile flooring, granite countertops and knotty alder cabinetry create an old-meets-new combination of materials in the space.

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