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Nearing Completion – Gatcombe Farn Barn conversion

With our barn conversion project at Gatcombe Farm nearing its final phase, we're excited to share our latest update. Transforming a weathered barn into a functional living space involved navigating through obstacles, but our journey through this project showcases how we meet challenges with innovative solutions.

The interior nears completion

Navigating the Landscape

Our starting point was a deteriorated barn situated on a sloping plot. This unique location within the greenbelt, surrounded by operational farmlands and listed structures, presented a distinct set of challenges that demanded a careful approach.

Architectural planning for barn conversions offers opportunities and complexities. While the National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] encourages such endeavours, demonstrating viability requires creativity.

Retaining a significant portion of the original structure was the key challenge, as at first glance the timber trusses appeared unsalvageable. However, with careful repairs and varnishing they have become a central feature of the home, and a warm reminder of its history.

A pivotal decision was our split-level design. This approach allowed us to prioritise both comfort and functionality. Daytime spaces like the lounge, kitchen, and office were positioned for maximum natural light, whereas less occupied spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms were designed with cosy, intimate levels of lighting in mind. In addition to this, the split layout established a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor space, transforming outdoor spaces into an integral part of daily living.

Our digital 3D model (left) vs the - almost - finished project (right)

What’s next?

As the project progresses, the final phase approaches - the installation of the cladding, which will take place over the next few weeks. This step signifies the final transformation of the barn, and the timber will adorn the home with a warm natural appearance.

The cladding begins

Overall, this project stands as a testament to our firm’s commitment to innovation and problem-solving. We look forward to seeing the finished transformation and will be sure to post an update. In the meantime, you can read more about this project here or explore all our projects here.

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