Robin and Julie built their home in 1976; it was originally an old barn which had been dismantled by a developer who planned to rebuild it. The couple consequently purchased the historic structure and transported it some 15 miles to a site they’d purchased.

The project took six years; with the couple living on site in an adjacent asbestos-built shack. But some 30 years on, when the family required extra space, an oak frame extension would prove a sympathetic addition.

cat on table in oak frame extension

Painted timber units, from Mountshill, and a granite worktop have given this kitchen an update which is in keeping with the barn style

The Oak Designs Company – with whom they were familiar – were approached to design the new addition and erect the frame. Planning permission proved straightforward, and the only requirement enforced by Building Control was the need for 3m-deep foundations to protect the structure from the roots of a nearby oak tree.

The characterful frame was erected in quick time, leaving Robin and Julie to complete tasks such as adding insulation and hiring a roofing contractor to tile the pitched roof, as well as knocking through to the existing kitchen to create this spacious new room.

“Our previous kitchen was of 1970s design; the only item we kept was the AGA,” says Robin. The new kitchen features painted timber units from Mounts Hill, topped by a granite worktop, with engineered wood flooring complimenting the stunning frame. New French doors open out to the mature garden.

Photographer: c/o The Oak Designs Company

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