Barn conversion, North Cornwall

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Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Cornwall to provide them with a Full architectural service for their Refurbishment and extension of an existing barn..

Located near the north Cornish coast, the barn had been converted in the 1990’s, and required major work to increase and improve its accommodation, and bring it into the 21st century.

The design focused around providing a new open-plan kitchen, dining and living room at first floor, that could look out over the valley beyond. The south-facing elevation was opened up with large sliding glass doors that open onto a cantilevered balcony and allowed light and views into this new open-plan room.

The living and dining spaces were housed within the original barn footprint, whilst the kitchen was located within a new black zinc-clad extension to the north. This also provided a rear entrance and utility space at first floor, and a new master bed and ensuite below.

The remaining ground floor space within the original barn provides two further bedrooms with ensuites. A garden terrace and infinity edge pool sit between the house and the garden, making the most of the southern sun and views.

The barn was completely remodelled internally, with upgraded insulation linings to floors and walls, a new slate roof, and energy efficient aluminium glazing throughout. This brought the property up to modern standards and lowered its carbon footprint.

From the start you approached the assignment with a level of creativity and originality, as well as an understanding of how we wanted to live as a family, not shown by any of the many other architects we spoke to. Throughout you have demonstrated exemplary attention to detail, patience and a clear enjoyment in what you do. We started with a run down, dark, claustrophobic house and have ended up with a property truly worthy of its setting in the most beautiful countryside I know.

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