When Justin and Samantha Barnes first saw the little midcentury pavilion in Weston, Conn., they knew it would make a fantastic weekend retreat.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house with its wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors was set on a wooded two-acre lot with views of a pond. The couple, who own an advertising agency and live in Midtown Manhattan, appreciated its architectural style.

“We fell in love with it,” said Mr. Barnes, 40. “It resonated with who we are.”

In 2017, Justin and Samantha Barnes bought a midcentury-modern home in Weston, Conn., with a vague idea of how they might renovate it.
In 2017, Justin and Samantha Barnes bought a midcentury-modern home in Weston, Conn., with a vague idea of how they might renovate it.Credit…Jane Beiles for The New York Times

Home renovations, however, are rarely simple. And the 1,747-square-foot house, listed for $795,500, was 70 years old and needed work.

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