The barn itself required careful handling to convert. The elm roof structure was carefully reconstructed, most timbers being retained, and the roof recovered in reclaimed clay tiles. Lime render was repaired and reinstated to the internal walls and extensive lime mortar pointing required to the external walls. Folding oak-framed glazed doors were installed to retain key access points, the same doors being used in the new wings to provide maximum flexibility whilst lending continuity between old and new.
The east wing rests on the downhill side of the site. Providing living accommodation and garages, it is constructed from solid timber and insulated with a double layer of sheepswool. The facades are clad in narrow spaced oak boarding in reference to the former agricultural nature of the site, while the roof is covered in reclaimed clay tiles to provide a cohesive link to the barn. The internal walls are clad in painted tongue and groove softwood boarding.
The west wing is embedded in the landscape on the uphill side of the site. Providing sleeping accommodation and the pump room, this wing is constructed from in situ concrete with local ‘dry stone’ limestone cladding. A single string course of dressed local limestone acts as a visual anchor whilst providing a cohesive link to the fine dressed stone lintels to be found on the barn facades. The floors are tiled in stone that was excavated, cut and prepared on site.