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Houzz Tour: A Rebuild Makes This Farmhouse’s Age Hard to Guess (21 photos)

Photos by Andrew Ingalls

Vacation House at a Glance
Who lives here:
A couple and their blended family — two girls ages 11 and 17 who live with them and four grown children who don’t
Location: Monterey, Massachusetts
Size: Five bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms
Designer: Jess Cooney Interiors

This New Jersey couple found an idyllic country property in western Massachusetts — a dairy farm with a historical farmhouse overlooking a pond, hills and trees. The original part of the house had been built in the 1700s, and a hodgepodge of additions over the years had resulted in small, dark spaces with a wonky flow. The couple hired interior designer Jess Cooney to work on a remodel that was to include full renovations of the kitchen and bathrooms, and cosmetic changes and furnishings throughout the home. But before they could get started, they found out the hard way that the hodgepodge included bad wiring — they lost the house in a fire.

“Luckily, no one was here when it burned down, and no one was hurt,” Cooney says. And something positive came out of the disaster. “Because of the fire, we were able to build a new house into what the clients really wanted — we were able to include the things they loved about the original house that gave it beautiful rustic Berkshires charm while adjusting the floor plan to work better for them.”

The architects at Clark + Green helped Cooney draw up her ideas for the home, which is a balance of old and new, rustic and soft, and open and cozy. She also was able in the rebuilding to raise the living spaces on the same footprint. This allowed for a full basement and a higher perch that provides better views of the pond.

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