Near Stratford-on-Avon, Cotswolds.
Tall Barn is situated in the district of Stratford-on-Avon, close to the border of Oxfordshire and within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here we are renovating an existing 1990s barn conversion, bringing together two separate buildings via a glazed walkway and reconfiguring the family spaces.
What is the client’s brief?
The existing structure is a barn conversion from the 1990s – the original barn dates back to the 19th Century and was built by the Church Diocese. The clients wish to convert the two separate buildings into one modern family house via a new glazed walkway, opening up and increasing the size of the rooms and creating more family and entertaining spaces including a games, cinema and bar room, wine store and informal dining room. They also want to create 4 double-bedrooms, one with a mezzanine floor to take advantage of the spectacular undulating views.
What challenges do we need to overcome?
The property is located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so our designs must work sympathetically with the current architectural vernacular. The existing structure is in good condition, however the previous conversion does not enhance the original integrity and many interventions have been made that do not amplify the beauty and simplicity of barn living. In addition, the current connections to the garden are not ideal and in our designs we need to consider the flow of the buildings within the full plot, linking the inside space to out.
What are we doing?
The main barn building is very narrow in its current configuration and so we are opening up the floor to ceiling height, increasing the elevations and adding vaulted glazing to create a sense of space and circulation. We are reconfiguring the layout so that less is used on staircases and passageways, and we are replacing the rather dated domesticate-style windows with full height glass.
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