Our brief was to transform an agricultural barn into a domestic dwelling. This conversion has given us the opportunity to change how councils view these types of planning applications. Agricultural buildings, rather than stone or brick barns, have historically been viewed as unable to convert, due to the existing building requiring too much building and structural additions to meet with current building regulations.
We were able to convince the planning inspector that the amount of structural alterations to this type of barn, actually required 'less' building works than the schemes traditionally allowed.
A number of factors went into achieving this approval, minimising the number of newly created openings. These openings above ground floor level included frameless glass balustrading, set in from the cladding face to maintain the agricultural appearance. Further set into the property were full height glazed windows that offered views onto the open country side beyond.
The roof includes a large 'cut out' to include a roof terrace featuring two fully glazed walls either side, which would sit between the master bedroom and 2nd floor snug.
The existing timber crook frames and steel stanchions will be exposed to maintain the conversion experience internally. Consideration was given to the surrounding areas of the property, and so an integral garage has been introduced to avoid the need for cars parked externally. Maintaining minimal impact to the surrounding environment.
This decision will open up a substantial number of other similar opportunities alike.