The client wished to convert an existing metal framed and waney edged timber clad barn into a dwelling. This dwelling consists of two bedrooms, a separate utility, bathroom, and an open plan kitchen, living, and dining. To respect and celebrate the existing structure, the existing steel and trusses were removed from site for repair and then reinstated in new locations in the living/kitchen/dining room which has open ceiling and leaved the existing trusses exposed to reveal the history and construction of the barn, reflecting the existing proportions of the dwelling constructed of Portland limestone. Elegant crittall style doors and windows are used to complement the existing while in-keeping with this modern addition.
Our client says...
We bought a 1 1/2 storey ‘shed’ made out of bits of other buildings with very constrained planning permission. Hickman and Smith have creatively designed us a comfortable 3 bedroom home including very usable rooms with storage upstairs where we only expected a loft space. They listened and took on board all our requests and it was great to be involved in a collaborative process. Almost every issue was resolved with a good solution - not compromise. The contract management service provided a good interface with our builder and other contractors. The end result is a very special ‘forever’ home in a lovely rural setting. Special thanks to Amy and David.
Oakfield Farm, The Hardy Family