Architect Geoffrey Pyle transformed this timber barn into an astonishing family home. The design blends the historical construction with a thoroughly contemporary style. The original frame of this Grade II-listed structure is rough oak. To offset the rough character of the timber, Architect Geoff used concrete and glass throughout. Skylights pierce the restored thatched roof that flood the interior with light. A variety of opening sizes have been incorporated into this barn without being overly domestic and diminishing the rural character of the building. The house is in two halves, with rooms either side of a dramatic double-height hallway. There are polished concrete floors and large glass sliding doors that open out onto the garden. The house is set on approximately 4 acres and includes a number of outbuildings. Either side of the hallway, there is a first-floor reception room, one that is lighter and more open and another that is more enclosed and snug-like.
This project was featured in the book “Barns: Living in Converted and Reinvented Spaces” (2004) by Dominic Bradbury and in the English Heritage publication “English Heritage – Guide To Barn Conversions” (2006)