Contemporary barn fits Kent country setting
KENT — The wooden X details often associated with barn doors that grace the front of the home at 25 Bald Hill Road are just one of the elements that make this house unique.
Considered a contemporary barn — though it never housed animals or stored farming equipment — the house was built in 1975 by someone who wanted create something different.
The builder lived there until 2008, when someone else bought it and made some improvements, said Karen Casey, the listing agent for the property.
Wide wooden floorboards accent the exposed beams throughout the house. It also has a variety of gabled roof lines and several dormer windows.
“It fits its setting very well,” Casey said. “It’s a charming rustic house.”
The house sits on 1.5 acres of woodlands.
“It’s a secluded, little spot for someone who wants privacy, but not to be isolated," she said.
Casey said most of the houses in Connecticut are colonials or antiques with smaller rooms. This house has an open layout with a large living room and vaulted ceilings. “It’s not at all a traditional floorplan,” she said.
Two large stone fireplaces are focal pieces on the main floor, with one in the living room and the other in the kitchen.
“The real heart of the house is the kitchen,” Casey said. “The fireplace is part of that appeal.”
The current owners added a deck and finished the lower level, creating a playroom. They also upgraded the kitchen and painted some of the rooms with vibrant hues. One of the bedrooms on the top floor is painted fuchsia, accented with flowered trees. They also added a new entrance in the back.
“They put their touch on it,” Casey said.
She said most of the inquiries for the house come from artists or musicians.
“It’s definitely different,” she added. “It’s not your typical Connecticut home.”
The property is on the market for $375,000.