A barn conversion with all the mod-cons

Stanton Andrews was approached by the owners of a Grade 2 listed barn near Stonyhurst to create a family home. This was achieved by making modern adaptations to the barn yet allowing its character to still shine through.

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Working with an historic agricultural building can often throw up interesting challenges – this barn, which was previously used as a camping barn was no exception. There were few window and door openings resulting in limited opportunities for natural light to enter the building.

Careful rethinking and reshaping of the interior to encourage daylight through to the heart of the building was achieved by the use of detailed three-dimensional computer modelling to fully appreciate how the interior light and character will change throughout the day and at different times of the year.

The detailing and choice of materials was carefully considered throughout this project and the interior was approached with a limited design palette in order to maintain the feel of the original barn. Features include a freestanding, exposed oak structure to support the first floor, dressed stonework, oak panelling and white painted walls and ceiling.

When handled correctly, living in an historic barn does not necessarily mean compromising on the standards of living. This project in Hurst Green incorporates all the mod-cons including a bespoke handmade kitchen, underfloor heating, a wet room and ‘intelligent’ lighting system.