Nr Banbury, Cotswolds.
An imaginative conversion of a seventeenth-century heritage property that has transformed a neglected agricultural building into a stunning, characterful home.
What was the client’s brief?
Barn conversions offer myriad opportunities for creating large-scale family friendly living spaces that also feature bags of period character and plenty of mod cons: in fact, our client bought a substantial Grade II listed barn in the Cotswolds with the idea of doing just that. The thatched barn in question provided a rich and historical starting point for the design of a one-off home that would incorporate an impressive double-height kitchen and a family room with links to the garden. An annexe was also on the wish list, which involved re-purposing a corrugated-iron-roofed pigsty into comfortable guest accommodation and utility space.
What did we do?
We responded to the brief by designing an eye-catching conversion that cleverly unites a contemporary interior with the 400-year-old oak frame and a fully restored thatch. We felt it was important to take an authentic approach to the project, so the new elements of the house – including the stunning glass-and-oak staircase – are sleek and minimal, while the original features are given the space to shine. At the same time, we’ve installed a few bold statement pieces that are designed to celebrate the barn’s living, evolving history: the double-storey birch guest pod in the annexe is a case in point.
What challenges did we need to overcome?
Our biggest concern was the fragile condition of the buildings, which had been sadly neglected in recent years. We worked closely with structural engineers throughout the project and took care to document every centimetre of the barn’s ancient frame to make sure we were able to take the right design decisions. Thanks to non-contact laser scanning technology we could accurately test the impact of design and structural decisions before employing them in real time – a process that saved time, costs and resources, as well as being a significant benefit when it came to documenting and explaining changes we planned to the councils conversation officers who were closely involved throughout the development of these important buildings.
What was the finished result?
The barn perfectly blends old and new, presenting a comfortable living space that embraces its history, while showcasing the best of contemporary design methodologies. So often, the carving-up of space within barns diminishes their grandeur: here, by contrast, we’ve enhanced the feeling of space by linking the living areas with a hallway that runs the entire length of the building. In the kitchen and family area, light streams in through a vast glazing panel, while the glossy Bulthaup Kitchen from Kitchen Architecture provides a perfect counterpoint to the centuries-old frame.
We’ve helped transform many wonderful living spaces through renovations and extensions over the years.
Whether you’re looking for a contemporary glass addition, a complete makeover for a period Victorian or Edwardian property, internal remodelling options for houses built more recently, or a complete restoration of a derelict building, we’ll be able to help.
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With our wealth of experience working on listed and heritage properties across London and the South East, HollandGreen has successfully negotiated consents with Local Authority Conservation Officers and with Historic England for a wide range of renovation and extension planning requests.
We work with Specialist Heritage Consultants, and Archaeologists to provide detailed assessments of historic buildings, and have gained approval for ambitious, but sympathetic alterations to properties of historic interest, including those Grade ii* which fall within the top 3% of protected properties in the UK.
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Barn conversions offer the perfect opportunity to create a unique countryside home, packed with character. At HollandGreen, we’ve had extensive experience in converting existing agricultural buildings into residential dwellings, in accordance to the recent changes to ‘Class Q’ Permitted Development Rights.
From traditional listed stone walled buildings with slate roofing, to more modern metal clad farm sheds for the modern, industrial look, you can create luxurious country living perfect for you. What a great opportunity to create a characterful family home that’s sympathetic to its rural setting, and generally larger in volume and scale than a modern build.
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