Dairy barn-turned-home boasts 30-foot-plus ceiling, only 1 interior door

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The home is a converted dairy barn.
The house sits on a 3.87-acre lot with mature landscaping. Lane Turner/Globe Staff

76 Heywood Road, Sterling


Style: Contemporary

Year built: 1850; converted 2008

Square feet: 5,556

Bedrooms: 4 (septic certified for 3)

Baths: 5 full, 1 half

Sewer/water: Private

Taxes: $9,020 (2017)

When the owners had this former dairy barn converted into a home, the exterior walls and the interior floors were removed, but the wooden beams, some hewn by hand and dating to the Civil War, were a must-keep.

The exposed wooden beams remain their natural color, but the walls throughout are an off-white, a sharp visual contrast in the home, where the ceiling height in the center is 30-plus feet and topped with a windowed cupola. The barn floor was replaced with a polished poured-concrete floor with radiant heat on the basement and main levels.

The kitchen features mahogany-stained maple cabinets with smooth faces unmarred by pulls and knobs, sandstone-colored quartz counters, stainless-steel appliances, and a bilevel countertop with a sink and induction cooktop on the lower level and seating up high. Behind a wall that doesn’t reach the ceiling is the office space. Steps away from the kitchen is the dining space, which currently holds a table for eight ­— a custom piece made from a slab of elm from the Berkshires ­— and a sideboard topped with quartz that matches the kitchen counters.

A three-sided gas fireplace delineates the dining space from the great room, where couches are focused on a television mounted high on a wall. Against the opposite wall is the only interior door in the entire house — a pocket one for the half bath. A door leads to a stone terrace with a pergola and a firepit.

Ensuring that natural light pours into the space, the architect, Isamu Kanda, called for the installation of pairs of rectangular windows, positioned so that one window is resting above the other. A beam runs between the two, making them appear as a singular window, according to Kevin Balboni, one of the listing brokers. The bottom windows open.

There are two bedrooms on the first floor; the master and guest suites take up opposite corners. The Z-shaped entrances to each ensure privacy and muffle sound. The master features a built-in polished-zebrawood entertainment center, a walk-in closet with extensive custom cabinetry, and a dressing area behind a “floating wall’’ (it doesn’t reach the ceiling, folks) that is clad in grasscloth with metal fibers. The master bath offers a double shower with multiple heads and a tile backsplash behind clear-glass walls, a double vanity with vessel sinks, and a circular soaking tub.

The two bedrooms on the upper level are reached via private staircases. Their en-suite baths — found a few steps down from the bedroom area — have waterclosets and ankle-height windows in the shower. The flooring in the bathrooms is polished poured concrete and tile. The bedroom floors are cork.

The partially finished walkout lower level offers an additional roughly 1,800 square feet of living space with 11-foot ceilings, with a full bath that needs tile and other cosmetic changes.

The home, which has a three-bay garage with radiant heat, sits on a 3.87-acre lot with mature landscaping.

The listing brokers are Balboni and Sharon Mendosa of Engel & Völkers in Concord. Their website is

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