Barn conversion, North Cornwall

Project Details

Brief: Refurbishment and extension of an existing barn.
Location: Cornwall
We were completely new to anything like this; We’ve never even used an architect before. We met many, most of whom were based closer but it was perfectly obvious to both of us that Eilir and his team were the ones we wanted to use. They far outclassed everyone else we met. We loved their work and felt our aesthetic was similar. Plus we felt we’d get on as people. And be able to lean on them when things got stressful as they inevitably will do! We are yet to begin the build but have done the design and got planning approval, undoubtedly thanks to Van Ellen & Sheryn. They contributed so much to getting the design through planning, really working with the council to ensure it would get approval. It is quite a brave design for a barn so we hadn’t expected it to be so smooth but Van Ellen & Sheryn managed to achieve our mutual ambition for the project, whilst at the same time satisfying any potential concerns the council might have. Beautiful, interesting, sympathetic design generated by lovely, talented people who have given us lots of time and attention when we ask for it. And they have great knowledge - and taste. From my experience so far, they are a class act. JB

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.

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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.

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