The is located in the countryside and forms part of a small cluster of buildings. It is bounded by open agricultural land to the south and a dwelling to the west. Access is via a single lane access track to the north. To this east is another house.
The privacy of the new house as well as those of the people who already live on or near the site was an important element of the design. The orientation of the site also means there will be plenty of natural sunlight pouring in, whilst ensuring that it will not overheat.
The barn is part of a wider group of farm buildings. It is the last building of the group, looking out over the fields which also allows it to be developed and sold as a separate entity to the farm. The existing building is enclosed on three sides with concrete blockwork walls to a height of approximately 1.5m. Above the blockwork the walls of the barn are finished in vertical timber cladding on two sides (north and west elevations), the east elevation is clad in profiled steel cladding, above this the roof is corrugated metal sheet roof.
The application site is relatively flat and there are no changes in levels. It sits within a wider landscape context of undulating countryside. There are attractive views in all directions, but particularly to the north and south. The surrounding land use is predominantly agricultural. There are several farmsteads within the vicinity of the site, and the nearest settlement lies approximately 500 metres to the east.
The buildings are accessed via a surfaced private track. The track connects the site to the highway via an existing access.
The existing steel portal frame agricultural buildings stand on a solid concrete slab, on top of which sits an external wall of concrete blockwork. From this, timber and corrugated metal cladding raises to the eaves. The roof is formed by corrugated cementitious boards and clear fibre glass roof lights.
The main access to the building is provided by steel roller shutters and doors. Both buildings are simple and of a utilitarian nature, as is the land, track and access to them.
The overall design intention was set to be simple and to reflect the utilitarian and agricultural character of the existing buildings. Therefore it is proposed to retain the existing building, avoiding, where possible, the removal of existing elements. Whilst retaining the existing building and without compromising its original character, the new design will deliver comfort with a small energy footprint- a futureproofed building.
The design was conceived to follow Class Q principles maintaining the current height and footprint of the building, with the exception of the new balcony and new external wall leaf, which should not be greater than a 300mm projection beyond the footprint and ridge of the existing building, which as a result it will help to deliver a more efficient building overall.
The intention of this conversion was to retain the agricultural character of the building whilst providing a modern attractive home.
The barn conversion is recently completed and demonstrates the charm and potential many modern agricultural buildings offer when converted to residential use. Like many smaller farms, this building was located on a holding which has dramatically reduced its farming operation over the past 20 years, which in this instance has led to a number of agricultural buildings being surplus to requirements.
The project comprises three existing stone barns, a farmhouse, and a number of portal-framed agricultural buildings. The three stone barns will be converted into dwellings and the farmhouse has a modest extension and internal re-configuration to modernise the living space.
The rationale for converting the barns was driven by a need to protect these historic buildings whilst providing sustainable, energy efficient homes.