Barn conversion, Oxfordshire

BRIEF

To secure planning permission for the residential conversion of a Grade II Listed barn.

CHALLENGES

To create a large 3 bed family home within the tight constraints of the existing building and planning policy.<br /> To maximise the volumetric character of the existing barn and the reten- tion of its historic fabric<br /> To create a unique dwelling which respected the barn’s historic agricul- turage lineage whilst being fit for 21st century living<br /> To provide principal living and bedroom spaces with broad views across the surrounding fields.

SOLUTION

Creation of separate linked extension which accommodates the bed- rooms and service functions so that the whole barn could be retained as open-plan living space.<br /> Soft-roofed form of the extension respects its host in form, scale and placement - it is set back form its frontage and sunk into the ground to minimise its height and impact whilst maximising its floor area.<br /> Modern agricultural wall and roofing materials of the extension (corru- gated metal sheeting and planed vertical timber boards) complement the thatch and rough sawn timber weatherboarding of the original barn.

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