We planned and constructed Heaven Barn near Oldham in close consultation with the client who wanted a luxury, contemporary 4 bedroom family home, created from derelict adjoining barns.
Boarshurst transformed the original row of derelict farm buildings into the modern family home shown here. Incorporating space efficient design concepts, eco-friendly under floor heating and ideas sympathetic to the internal design brief all within the requirements of the beautiful green belt location.
This luxury four bedroom home was created where five barn structures stood previously. Twin barns with adjoining stores were connected by a roofed link structure. Planning regulations allowed us to formally enclose the link to utilise the space for living area.
Green Belt given the Green Light
As green belt legislation restricted additional openings - we installed Velux windows within roof structures, added a private/hidden gable window and using glass and open structures - ensured light could travel unimpeded wherever possible
To create the light and open feel within the barn we improved the ability of natural light to enter the building. Because Green Belt legislation restricted additional openings we installed Velux windows within roof structures, added a private/hidden gable window and using glass and open structures ensured light could travel unimpeded wherever possible.
Artificial light is from extensive networks of recessed, directional down lighters which keep ceilings clear. Wall mounted dimmer switches allow a full range of mood lighting possibilities within each room. Along the hall to the bedrooms, we installed low level wall lights to illuminate the hall and steps at night.
The barn utilises the latest in home heating systems. Under-floor heating, supplied from pipes installed below gently and controllably warms rooms and frees walls from traditional radiators that can restrict room use and design freedom.
Modern Appliances & Fittings
The barn is designed to be low maintenance, of an environmentally friendly design and for long life. The same principle applies to the selection of household appliance and fixtures and fittings chosen. State of the art Miele appliances are installed in kitchen and utility room and high quality white metal fixtures and fittings are used consistently throughout the barn.
A number of the original barn structures were in such a poor state of repair - having been derelict for decades - dismantling was the only option. Their careful reconstruction was onto new foundations using original stone materials. Some original internal walls were not required and planning to take these out increased usable internal space. The additional wall of the link structure was built using original internal stone. Where we kept original structures, these were underpinned for stability.