Posts Tagged ‘barns’

Gorseinon: barn conversion

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Barn conversion. 130m2 ground floor / 30m2 first floor

Old original farmhouse with attached livestock sheds. ‘Longhouse’ arrangement. Lapsed planning permission in place.

Commission for better quality design than the existing planning approved design and more sympathetic treatment of existing buildings.  New planning permission and building regulations approval

Livestock sheds poor quality construction, many smooth rounded pobbles [river stones], decayed lime mortar and very few tie stones resulting in an unstable wall beyond reasonable repair.  A new planning permission was negotiated to rebuild not convert these areas.

Open plan design with vaulted ceilings and salvaged trusses in the new construction, contrasting a traditional ‘snug’ atmosphere with lower ceilings and large reconstructed inglenook fireplace in the old original cottage.

Traditional Welsh Inglenook reinterpreted with traditional details such as spiral steps.

Project eventually built out by my client project managing himself & employing trades direct.

Oxford farm diversification II barns>offices

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Farm diversification project to convert redundant barns into self contained office lets. Bicester, Oxfordshire.

4 Units / Total letting area 675m2.

Oxford farm diversification: barns>offices

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Farm diversification project to convert redundant barns into self contained office lets. Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

3 Units / Total letting area 266m2.

Banwen barn conversion

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Another hand drawn , barn conversion near Banwen, within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

jurassic drawings

Friday, January 8th, 2010

This new website’s got me reminiscing & dusting off old portfolios not un-zipped since the jurassic!  I figure I’m probably one of the last of the dinosaurs, having started out on a real drawing board, even a T square.

I still have ideas to do more hand drawing and got a big cast iron board a few years back, like the one I remember sitting at as a kid in my dad’s office  drawing Caerphilly castle.

1990/1991? Llanhilleth miners institute – a full detailed measured survey, even up the roof ‘turret’, no ‘fall arrest’ systems in those days! Intricate survey & refurbishment, with hand made moulded string course bricks [acorns?].


Gorseinon frozen barn

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I’ve just taken on a farmhouse / barn restoration & conversion, visited in the FREEZING weather today to check progress [-7 degC according to the van thermometer!]. I lost all feeling in my fingers at one stage so got the camera out instead…

typical stone wall – two ‘skins’ of dressed stone with a loose fill middle of rubble & whatever else was to hand [like many modern 'cavity' walls too!]