New Hampshire Post and Beam House
But work on the house progressed, space and height embraced by beams. Sky-high windows angled on either side of a soaring fireplace, with western views to the blue rise of Mount Monadnock; an inviting kitchen workspace stretched into a dining nook with full southern light. Still, construction challenges remained.
The biggest was how to get a walkway across the cathedral ceiling to the kids’ bedrooms and also how to thread it between the rooms and bathrooms. (For a photo and description, click on the “Detail” below.) Directly across from the walkway, on the heights, the date carved high into the crossbeam up over the fireplace reads 1997, but because of a big knot in the wood, it looks like 1999. It’s just one more idiosyncratic touch in a house that was waiting all along to emerge from a lifetime of building and renovation–a house that so perfectly reflects this family of strong tastes, strong emotions, strong vision.
If Bonnie’s vision for their new home was one of space and light, Baxter’s was integrity. “I wanted to build something that looked as though it had been here for a long, long time,” he remembers.
Now, from a distance, rising up, this graceful shingled house has settled onto its hill, as surely as any monument to time. The cathedral builders of old would certainly respect that. And understand.