Listed Barn ConversionHambridge, Somerset
A sustainable listed barn conversion. The new owners and their family wanted to create a home that would reflect their commitment to sustainability. O2i Design Ltd has created a contemporary home that does not look out of place in the landscape.
For budgetary reasons, the project was phased. Phase 1 is complete with two more phases to go. Extensive remedial work was undertaken. Water ingress had rotted all the roof timbers and the walls were structurally unsound. The whole roof was removed by the contractor and the roof trusses replaced. 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 are local and sustainable where possible. Cost-effective and green features are incorporated. 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 kept 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