Milking Parlour Barn Conversion

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North Bovey, Dartmoor
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in North Bovey, Dartmoor to provide them with a Full exterior and interior design service for their 19th Century Farm Conversion.

A 19th Century farm complex in North Bovey – in the middle of Dartmoor National Park. This former milking parlour forms part of a cluster of agricultural buildings, adjacent to the main farm building. Redundant and not used for a number of years, the building needed a new lease of life.

We maintained the roadside form and appearance of the barn, however, as the building extends towards the more private elevation, a more radical facelift was designed. We demolished half of the barn and, adopting the same footprint, ‘extruded’ out a contemporary green oak and glass form. Significant re-grading of the landscape allowed connection to the main farmhouse and created a new private, external terrace.

The open plan, double height space provides additional living accommodation, with bedrooms located in a loft room and in the old barn.

The project has featured in numerous magazine articles, including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Build-It magazine, House Beautiful Magazine, Self-Build Magazine and a large feature in the U.S. Houzz website, achieving International recognition. The conversion was also voted ‘ Best Oak Framed Home in the UK’ 2014.

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.

Mr. C. Marshall, Devon. 2013

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