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.

van Ellen + Sheryn Architects provided a beautiful and sympathetic design package to our listed period home. As well as explaining the limitations we were working within they created wonderful design solutions. They worked on a ground floor rear extension and full refurbishment of the internal space. The house feels spacious, light and well appointed.

We have loads of storage elegantly blended into the space. After 8 years we still love every inch of the house and that’s due to the foresight of Eilir and Freddie understanding the needs of a growing family. They assisted us when the budget started to grow in where the best options were to spend our money. Professional and approachable throughout our project. We would definitely look to work with this architect firm again.

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