4 design ideas to steal from this award-winning extended barn conversion

black barn with timber extension to rear
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To say that Jeremy and Melanie Offer are happily ensconced in their countryside home in Henley-on-Thames is an understatement, nevertheless their story is one of surprises. Five years ago they were living in Cheshire when Jeremy heard that his work would now be based in the south, at which point they suddenly found themselves relocating. 

They could have settled for finding a home conveniently close to Jeremy’s new workplace but they took a different approach. “Instead of focusing on one specific area to live in, we looked for our ideal property first,” says Melanie. “We fancied an adventure.”

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Seán is an experienced writer with a specialism in homes journalism. He was formerly Chirf Sub of Elle Decoration & Practical Parenting, then Associate Editor of 25 Beautiful Homes magazine. Since 2016, he has been a freelance writer and editor specialising in interiors magazines inc. Living Etc, Homes & Gardens, 25 Beautiful Homes and Homebuilding & Renovating.

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