Woodhay Farm | Derbyshire

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The Site

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.

Class Q Barn Conversion
Barn before conversion
Class Q Interior before conversion

The Barn

This is a building which like so many, had it not been allowed to change use to a dwelling would have sat in the landscape largely redundant except for some very light agricultural storage use.

It is steel framed and metal clad, with a small blockwork wall internally. The barn entrance was into the courtyard but the best views are on the other side of the building out into the landscape.

Structurally it is in effect two barns joined together and this gives it a very distinctive roof form. The land slopes away down to the field behind the barn. It had been used as a hay store historically, but by the time we were on site, it was left largely vacant except for some storing a little agricultural machinery.

The Brief

We were appointed by the owner to help with re-purposing these buildings, and in this instance, it was considered that this building would be best used as a new residential building. The site is located in open countryside, at the edge of small complex of former agricultural buildings.

Here we have used corrugated sheet metal to clad the building, a material that is common to modern agricultural buildings, and inserted contemporary, glazed openings that accentuate the form of the original building.

This is a building which like so many, had it not been allowed to change the use to a dwelling would have sat in the landscape largely redundant except for some very light agricultural storage use.

Barn Conversion Bedroom
Barn Conversion decking
Porch on barn conversion
Kitchen Barn Conversion
Class Q Barn Conversion
Class Q internal
Class Q internal
Class Q internal

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