In 2018 RRA were approached to look at a typical Dutch Barn, with the construction formed of steel trusses and a tin roof, with a view to converting it to residential use.
Contractor:GP Thomas Building contractors
Photo Credit:GP Thomas
Until fairly recently Dutch Barns were not seen as ‘worthy’ of conversion to residential properties. It is only in the last decade that architects and designers have demonstrated the value of the Dutch Barn and, as a result, local authorities have increasingly recognised the agricultural structures as part of the heritage and chronology of the British landscape.
The conversion focussed on creating a new timber frame structure within the envelope of the existing barn which was clad with cedar and corten steel, chosen for its colour and agricultural feel.
Internally the layout is ‘upside-down’ with the living areas and open plan kitchen on the first floor to benefit from full height bifold doors which lead onto a generous balcony, overlooking the stunning countryside.
Underfloor heating is used throughout the ground floor with natural slate tiles which help to retain the heat. Oak stairs and flooring through the first floor continues the natural theme.
The barn is currently used as a holiday let and can be viewed at Sykes Cottages.
To read more information about converting Dutch Barns see our blog How to convert Dutch Barns.