O2i Design’s architects and designers are passionate about enhancing characterful period buildings and recently had the opportunity to overhaul a dilapidated cluster of period barns on the Somerset Levels. The result is a contemporary home with exposed wooden trusses and stonework with a light modern interior.
This courtyard of barns had been abandoned for some time and was beginning to collapse. The barns had fallen into disrepair with many of the roof timbers compromised by water ingress and the walls were structurally damaged.
O2i Design’s team created a scheme which was 3-phased and Phase 1 has just been finished.
Once part of a 17th Century Cider Farm, the scheme was to convert the barns into a large dwelling with a granny annex. Extensive remedial work was required and as well as removing the entire roof, all external walls were tied back in with steel rods, embedded within existing masonry. The scheme retained the buildings' architectural merits, whilst the interior fittings and finishes were specified to highlight the barns utilitarian past. The simple palette of white and greys, timber and polished concrete floor finish off the look.
Re-using materials found on site, every effort was made to incorporate cost effective and green features. Renewable technologies were used wherever possible. A ground source heat pump, ground mounted solar panels, heavy insulation, energy efficient hybrid glazing, underfloor heating and a wood burner were incorporated to make the property as energy efficient as possible.
The resulting barn is a light, contemporary, open-plan house that has retained the essential character and charm of the original building.
The budget for this project was extremely tight and this first phase was delivered for less than £150,000.
Photographs courtesy of © Nigel Rigden Photographer.