Anne Kirmond’s conversion of a series of ramshackle barns and stables is an outstanding achievement given the number of planning hurdles she and her architect had to overcome. Then there was the task of making sense of the jumble of buildings on the site, comprising an unsympathetic hotch potch of additions and alterations with partially contorted buildings, as well as those which hadn’t been touched since their agricultural days.

The result is a home which brings the barns and stables together into one cohesive dwelling, embracing the original agricultural features and materials while introducing contemporary elements, namely the striking aluminium framed glazed link that now connects two previously separate elements.

With soaring ceilings, a warming family kitchen, a zen-like courtyard garden and a vast, ski lodge-style ‘party room’, complete with indoor pizza oven, this is a barn conversion with a difference.

Project Notes

  • Project: Barn and stables conversion
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Build time: Sep 2009 – June 2014
  • Size: 1,830m²
  • Plot cost: £500,000
  • Build cost: £800,000
  • Value: Unknown


Unconverted barn with stables

Before: The jumble of derelict barns and stables has now been transformed into a cohesive home, joined by glazed links 


Barn conversion with stone and timber cladding

The zen-like courtyard onto which all elements now face

Stone and timber barn conversion with aluminium glazed link

Although the various barns had seen some level of conversion, they were disjointed and in serious need of attention. The new glazed link brings the two main elements together

Barn conversion Shaker style kitchen with exposed timber beams

The kitchen lies at the centre of the new house and features exposed timbers and steel beams. Anne was keen to include lots of curves and unusual shapes in this space

Barn conversion with poured concrete floor and exposed stone walls

The party room! Previously 12 stables, this space has been converted into an entertaining room, with an indoor pizza oven, handy second kitchen and a swathe of sliding doors

Barn conversion with poured concrete floor sliding doors and indoor pizza oven
Barn conversion living room with slate floor

The cosy living and dining spaces off the kitchen feature a combination of slate flooring, exposed stone walls and flamboyant wallpaper

Master bedroom in barn conversion with exposed steel beam

The master bedroom suite features an enormous exposed structural steel

Barn conversion master bathroom with walk in shower

The master bathroom has his and hers basins, a walk in shower and a bath with a view

Aluminium glazed link connection two parts of barn conversion

One of the main talking points of the conversion is the glazed link, joining the kitchen space to the other barn. Underfloor heating keeps it cosy

Trying to get planning permission for a barn conversion? Read our guide to barn conversions and Permitted Development

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