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: 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
Before: The jumble of derelict barns and stables has now been transformed into a cohesive home, joined by glazed links
The zen-like courtyard onto which all elements now face
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
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
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
The cosy living and dining spaces off the kitchen feature a combination of slate flooring, exposed stone walls and flamboyant wallpaper
The master bedroom suite features an enormous exposed structural steel
The master bathroom has his and hers basins, a walk in shower and a bath with a view
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
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