How couple carefully converted this 18th-century barn into a stunning family home

The exterior of a modern barn conversion with outdoor seating
(Image credit: Richard Gadsby)

In the picturesque village of Salcott, Essex, a remarkable barn conversion and restoration project has breathed new life into an 18th-century agricultural relic. 

For homeowners David Pummell and Karen Geoffreys, this project was more than just a restoration; it was a passionate pursuit of a dream. The couple's meticulous approach and unwavering commitment to their vision turned a dilapidated barn, once inhabited by owls and old tractors, into a cosy and modern country home. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.

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