This stunning barn is set in its own 7 acres of land overlooking the families lawns and horse paddocks. The clients’ brief specified that they wanted to maximize the extensive views that were available to them and they wanted to ensure natural light in large open internal spaces.
The project is actually an ongoing project, with the clients constantly seeking to maximize the potential of their home. We first started work in the barn last year, where we and the client created their new kitchen area which was once three small rooms. We removed the walls and also the truss ceiling and built a traditional load-bearing oak frame for this part of the house.
This was done with the existing roof still on which always makes assembly of the frame rather difficult but obtainable. As with all renovation work on old properties, things are never simple with nothing being level, with existing lighting and heating often in the way it always makes for a challenging project. The second part of the Oak Frame Conversion project being the master bedroom extension , the oak overhang and posts and the second bedroom dormer. The obvious benefit to this is the extra room created in both bedrooms and the covered veranda. The ceilings, clad in bead and painted boards help bounce the light back into the ground floor rooms.
The hand made oak doors and windows are set onto our direct glaze system as are our 28mm warm edged glazed units. Again all of the oak we use is seasoned for a minimum of 4-7 years prior to being cut into component beams, this system allows the beams to dry and to gain their natural shape which in turn allows us to choose the correct beam for the correct placement. As we are about to sign this part of the build off we are now going to look at the next potential improvement which are the garages and outbuildings.
This will need to be designed and calculated then put through the planning process so we hope to be able to bring you the next instalment of progress in the next few months.