AGRICULTURAL BARN CONVERSION
This project is for a conversion of an existing agricultural barn into a dwelling house in open countryside near to Saffron Waldon, Essex.
The existing building is a 430m2 single storey agricultural shed which has been granted permitted development for change of use under Part Q planning regulations.
Under part Q, development is limited to a maximum floor area of 450m2 of residential floor area and the development must be complete within 3 years of approval, in addition it is a requirement to retain the structure of the shed, but the external materials and elevations can change.
As the footprint of the existing structure is very large, the challenge was to design a quality, innovative, design led dwelling house within these limitations.
Early on we decided to add some accommodation at first floor level to take full advantage of the open site and views. We achieved this by digging down in areas of the plan to produce a split level layout with living spaces on the ground floor and bedrooms to the first floor level with terraces overlooking the surrounding fields. We also decided to reduce the size of the overall footprint of the house, leaving some of the existing shed structure exposed to form a frame over the sunken rear terrace.
In essence we have proposed a new-build 2 storey structure within the existing footprint of the shed allowing us to build a high quality airtight highly insulated building. The proposed cladding is purposely agricultural in nature, appropriate to the building type. The high quality doors and windows give the house a more domestic quality feel.
We look forward to this project moving into the build stage, with completion expected late 2018.
- YEAR: 2017 onward
- LOCATION: Essex