Lynn Palmer Architects nourished a derelict barn into a bright living space.
Jane Davies had spent years lovingly restoring her Grade II listed former public house, which featured an attached 18th century, single storey, wychert barn to the rear of the property. Although not all structurally sound, most of the barn’s original trusses remained intact, presenting a stunning large, vaulted single open space.
Jane approached Lynn Palmer Architects with a brief to restore, repair and bring the space back into use as a contemporary family living space. “It was also important that the barn maintained its original features,” said Jane. “I asked that Lynn and her team remodel parts of the existing home to blend in the barn conversion and the house; Lynn and her team listened, worked with me, and I am absolutely delighted with the results.”
The former hay loft which stood as an independent frame, has been replaced with a mezzanine floor, this not only gives Jane and her family even more useable space but also provides the opportunity to look down from this elevated vantage point. The glass balustrade maintains the uninterrupted vistas across the room.
The renovation was not without its challenges with one original central truss missing, the end hipped roof was over stressed and failing. The new frame, although oak, and jointed with pin joints in a traditional manor, sits inboard from the external fabric, as an obvious new addition. Clearly making a statement between old and new, yet still blending comfortably with the original beams.
Jane was absolutely committed to the project from the start, she employed craftsman with expertise in Listed Buildings, with traditional lime screed floors and lime plastering on the wall the building can continue to breathe. Contemporary materials sit side by side with tradition, giving balance.
Lynn Palmer Architects have won national awards for their listed building extensions. And their secret? “You have to work with what you have, produce a creative solution that doesn’t dominate the original structure but frames it.”
When you look at White Hart Barn who can argue with that!