Four Design Lessons From a Striking Eco Barn Conversion

timber clad extension to barn conversion
(Image credit: Jean-Christophe Godet and SOUP Architects)

Sometimes, a plot with the potential to become a new home can lie right on the doorstep, as was the case for Jamie and Julie Le Gallez. After living in London with their young son, the couple set their sights on moving back to Jamie’s home of Guernsey, looking for a property they could put their own stamp on. 

Fortunately a barn, next-door to Jamie's family, presented itself. “We believe the original build date for the granite barn was 1858 but it hadn’t been touched for years — it really was in a poor state,” begins Jamie, a director of SOUP Architects. Exposed to the elements, with a tired lean-to to one side, the barn had been gradually covered by the land, while the pig sties – also listed – were in a precarious condition.   

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.