Dutch Barn
Dutch Barn
Dutch Barn
Dutch Barn
Dutch Barn

Dutch Barn

Langport, Somerset

This Dutch Barn conversion was, until recently, a working agricultural building. The owners approached O2i Design to convert the space into holiday accommodation.  The barn, tucked away on a working farm, enjoys gorgeous views of the Somerset countryside.

Changes to Permitted Development (PD) Rights introduced in April 2014 have transformed the landscape for anyone wishing to undertake a barn conversion in England. Further amendments to PD Rights has opened up the option of Dutch Barn conversions in the right circumstances.  This Dutch Barn conversion is still one of the few in the South West.

The height of this Dutch Barn meant that it could easily accommodate two storeys.  The agricultural setting enabled a simpler material palette to be used. In this instance, the building stayed true to the aesthetic of the original barn and rural setting.  The scale of the building lent itself naturally to open plan layouts.  This barn retained the original fabric of the building and combined all the elements for modern open plan accommodation.

Curved timber roof trusses replace the barrel-vaulted roof. Ply sheets help create the continuous curve of the roof to give it a streamlined appearance while maintaining the rural feel. The result is a roof that perfectly suits the building form and was cost-effective and quick to install.  Locally sourced vertical timber provides the building cladding, and specialist timber and aluminium “Rationel” windows offer a low-maintenance, high-performance glazing solution.  With six double bedrooms, this rustic barn is now a fabulous holiday let that will sleep 12. If you wish to find out more, take a look at their website here.