Barn Design and Ideas - Diggle, Oldham

Converting a barn can be an exciting experience for any owner developer and we like to make it that way. Barns, often set fabulous locations, are like a blank canvas onto which the design vision you have for your ideal home can be translated into reality.

At Boarshurst, we worked closely with you to turn design ideas into practical reality, guiding and planning the process until the vision is achieved to your satisfaction.

The design concept for Diggle Barn was for maximum living space, low maintenance, ease of use, and a clean, contemporary look using high quality materials.

Contemporary and Original

Discussion around the barn design helped identified the most attractive original structural elements that would work visually and sympathetically blend with the contemporary features and open style.

We maintained a clear distinction between new and original, stylistically this contrasts the two styles and works to best effect. We retained some original stone walls, windows and roof timbers and these pleasantly sit along-side contemporary features such a bespoke floating staircase with glass balustrade and high gloss kitchen.

Natural Light

Green Belt planning legislation restricted new openings in the external walls to a minimum, so to allow more natural light into the internal spaces we found innovative solutions. Into the first floor master bedroom, we incorporated a feature gable window, not visible externally at eye-level, and we incorporated Velux windows into sloping roofs throughout the barn. This designed into the building ample natural light for a modern living style.

Open Plan

Diggle Barn has the ambiance of an open plan style. The light and airy atmosphere has been designed into the fabric of the converted building not just through the structure and flow of the building, but by space enhancing light, clean lines, a defined colour pallet, sympathetic materials choice and judicious use of original features.

A white colour scheme on walls and ceilings is a constant throughout the barn. White reflects light around a room and through its consistent use each room blends with the next, thereby maintaining a spacious atmosphere.

Interior design ideas are seen also in the choice of materials. A medium coloured oak is incorporated throughout the building, in doors, floors, stairs and skirting boards. The hardwood compliments other woods used such as in the Velux windows, and it attractively contrasts the white finish. As a natural, environmentally friendly product oak has low maintenance qualities, is durable and will mature gracefully over time with family use.

Space Saving Ideas

Space saving design is built into every room. By selecting the most appropriate technologies, systems and materials living space remained free internally.

The barn heating system has a significant impact on how rooms are used. Under-floor heating frees the walls from radiators, giving rooms' greater freedom of use and cleaner walls. Feature wall inset fires allow floor areas to remain clear and they provide an important focal point to a lounge.

Design ideas introduced the idea of bedroom Mezzanine levels. By raising the height of the roofs above the children's bedrooms a mezzanine level would fit and add valuable floor area to use for storage and interesting play areas. The children easily access this floor from wooden or rope steps below.

The central staircase is a contemporary, bespoke half-turn system that rises over the kitchen diner and requires minimal floor space while providing an elaborate and light enhancing feature.

In the en-suite bathrooms, where space is at a premium we designed in semi-pedestal sanitary fittings such as sink and toilets so floor areas remained clear. Shower units are built in and use clean design with fixed glass sides to take up minimal space and allow light to pass around the room.

Bespoke Fixtures

We understand how to design a contemporary home and the barn allowed us to blend modern and original features without sacrificing style, space or convenience.

Contemporary features and innovative ideas include many found in home design magazines, such as the use of polished concrete where the kitchen diner meets the stairs. This seat and stair feature seamlessly integrates with the half turn floating staircase that lead to the first floor lounge.

The bespoke staircase is designed to be unobtrusive yet a modern feature. Floating steps and clear glass balustrade allows light and line-of-sight to pass through or between components and onto either original stone mullion or white wall (left) or (right) open area such as the kitchen or first floor living room.

Contemporary Barn Kitchen, Oldham Manchester
New, Modern Barn Kitchen
Space Saving Kitchen Diner Design
Modern Barn Design, Diggle Manchester
Open Plan Living Area
Original Supporting Beam in Barn Lounge
Original Beam and Velux Windows
Master Bedroom En-Suite
Connecting Hallway to BedroomsBedroom Mezzanine Level
Modern, Floating Tread Staircase Luxury Family Bathroom
Contemporary Family Bathroom