Listed Barn Conversion

Hambridge, Somerset

This new eco-friendly barn conversion is set on the Somerset Levels. Farmed over 20 years ago, this derelict barn is now occupied by the owners and their children. The family wanted to build a home that would reflect their commitment to sustainability. They asked O2i Design to create a contemporary home that would not look out of place in the surrounding landscape.

O2i Design’s team were commissioned to create a scheme that could be phased. Phase 1 has just been completed with two more phases to go.

To secure the structure, extensive remedial work was undertaken. Water ingress had rotted all the roof timbers and the walls were structurally unsound. The whole roof was removed. All the external walls were tied back with steel rods embedded in the existing masonry. The scheme retained the buildings’ architectural merits, whilst the interior fittings and finishes were specified to highlight the barns utilitarian past. The palette of white, grey, timber and polished concrete finish off the look. Materials found on site were re-used, every effort was made to incorporate cost-effective and green features. Renewable technologies have been used wherever possible. A ground-source heat pump, ground-mounted solar panels, heavy insulation, energy efficient hybrid glazing, underfloor heating and a wood burner were incorporated to make the property as energy efficient as possible. The barn is a light, contemporary, open-plan house that has retained the essential character and charm of the original building. Photographs courtesy of © Nigel Rigden  This project was featured in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Issue Feb 2018