Conversions – Conservation & AONB


The Barn and Stable are mid-17th & 18th Century respectively and situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The restoration and conversion works were carried out with extreme caution and with reverence for the original aesthetics, in order to enhance the value and appearance of these historic buildings.

In tackling any restoration project, it should be the architect’s first priority to work in sympathy with the original design and to take every precaution in ensuring that the structure is not so much replaced as ‘glorified’. In adherence to this principle, the Barn has been fully restored to its original splendour and converted into a spacious workshop with office and storage facilities.

The Stable was unfortunately in a state of disrepair and so, with the exception of the retained roof structure, has been rebuilt on new footings. However, the aesthetics of the original building have been maintained throughout, thanks to high quality workmanship both inside and out, which has included the traditional method for the detailing and joinery of oak framing. Despite the sympathetic reconstruction the property has been appropriately modernised, with insulation all round and construction that meets all the legal requirements of modern buildings. This has provided an internal floor area of 60 m² for a spacious one-bedroom Annex.

Client Testimonial

“Barn and Stable improvement / conversion: Our brief was to improve the structure of the barn and to make the stable block into a self-contained annex to the house. In addition, we wanted to remove a large tin clad structure known as the covered yard, which links the barn to the stable block.

Jean-Louis was always obliging and produced the drawings quickly and efficiently. Due to the unknown quantity, we had to change the design numerous times and Jean-Louis was always willing to do this.

We were very pleased with the results of the build and would definitely use Jean-Louis’s services again.”

Rupert Humphrey

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