THE BARN is a conversion set within the Derbyshire countryside, in a rural setting but within walking distance of the pub, shops and regular buses. We worked with the Client to create a new 4 bed home, garaging and store.
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.