Jim and Cathy Barnard on the deck of the bow area of their steamship-styled house overlooking the Niantic River on Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
“Jim was great to work with. I had a lot of creative leeway,” Laschever said. He added that Barnard “kept bringing me architectural salvage” items, including stained-glass windows, a bathtub and a urinal for the bathroom, and a backlit antique elevator dial that reminded Barnard of mob-era Chicago.