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Barn Conversions, Renovations & Self Builds : Identifying Site Potential.

In the last blog post I discussed surveys. In this post I have turned my attention to exploring the potential of a site. Before…

The Importance of Surveys

Before starting on any renovation, new build or barn conversion project you will need to gather as much site information as you are able…

Retrofitting a Barn Conversion

Pye Barn in Oxfordshire was originally converted into a dwelling in 1935. The design undertaken by architect John Pym, was the subject of a…

Barn Conversions : Retiring to the Milking Shed

What are the options available for defunct barns and outbuildings? A typical farm will consist of a farmhouse, either ancient or a newer replacement,…

What kind of Barn is it?

Aisled and non-aisled timber framed barns, masonry and ‘Dutch’ barns. Across the rural landscape, barns can be seen in many shapes and sizes. Despite…

The Social Status of Domestic Kitchens

The hearth has always been regarded as the heart of the home, to paraphrase Frank Lloyd Wright, but has the kitchen usurped its status?…

Hints for Home Builders: Entrances

The sequence of spaces leading to an entrance requires as much careful consideration as those spaces internally. The entrance defines a sense of belonging,…

Hints for Home Builders: Learning from Rural Dwellings – Windows

The ideal home will embrace its historical context, yet be an emblem of its own time. Developments away from towns are characterised by buildings…