RIBA Chartered Architect
CIAT Chartered Architectural Technologist
Barn Conversion .
During 1989 the
practice worked on nineteen barn conversions in the one year which were mainly
in the Cotswold area. Due to the lack of convertible barns this
project is the first for some years. In the 1980’s planning legislation
allowed more freedom for extensions and interventions than current legislation,
which primarily seeks to retain the integrity of the barn much as it was built.
Invariably access to the building is nearly always limited to existing door
openings as are windows, although rooflights are usually allowed. Where
cattle were lodged in the farmyard during the winter the openings in the
shelter shed are now filled in to look like former barn doors.
Occasionally detailed arches and stone door hinge supports are found which can
be preserved and reused. However the roof quite often suffers badly from
weather ingress and the trusses do collapse though if possible they are treated
This project converts
the barn to a work-to-live property whereby it will be only occupied by a local
family working in the area. It is fortunate that the existing barn has an
elongated shelter shed which will provide sufficient space for three good sized
bedrooms, living accommodation and office.