If you know Doug and Kristin, you've probably already heard of the Sheldonville Sugar House. If not, let me tell you about this special place located in the woods of Sheldonville.
While out for a drive one day, Doug and Kristin came across thirteen acres of land that were for sale. The asking price was a little high, so they didn't think much of it at first. With time though, the price reduced and they soon realized that this would make the perfect home for their growing family.
Doug and Kristin had a general idea of what they wanted their home to look like, so they worked with an architect to map it out. The house was designed with geothermal heating and cooling, and solar panels that provide 60% of the home's energy needs.
The original plan was to add the master suite downstairs (the entrance being behind the fireplace where there's a window), however Doug and Kristin chose to keep the master bedroom upstairs for now. They still have the option to add it on if they ever want to.
The upstairs level has three bedrooms and a large bathroom. A master bathroom and a family room are currently being added above the three-car garage.
The outdoor space is beautiful. Doug built a large patio and a section of it is covered. Their friend and owner of K.F. Farrell Construction in Wrentham finished the roof's ceiling and it looks really nice.
In the backyard is the sugar shack that Doug and his uncle Bobby built together. While the exterior is made of new wood, reclaimed wood from an old barn in Franklin was used inside. The two support beams are trees that Doug cut down himself.
The sugar shack, which was named the "Sheldonville Sugar House", is where Doug and Kristin make their home-made maple syrup. They collect the sap from about one hundred maple trees on their land and prepare it in their boiler. Once the sap becomes syrup, they pour it into small bottles.
Last week, Kristin took me out for a UTV ride in the woods. She showed me all the maple trees that they tap and the stone walls that were built long before they bought the land. With so many acres, Kristin and Doug divided their land into four sections. They now refer to each one depending on where they plan to go. There's Tayla's Trail, Hayden's Haven, Tayla & Hayden's Sugar Trail, and the Backwoods.
Though the maple syrup isn't available on the market, any friend who comes to visit the Sheldonville Sugar House goes home with a bottle. My family got to enjoy the maple syrup this Thanksgiving weekend, and can confirm that it's some of the best syrup we've ever tasted!
A special thank you to Heather Reda Designs for doing such a beautiful job decorating Doug and Kristin's home for the fall season.
Slideshow pictures by Heather Reda Designs.