Attached to the main house of La Houguette, the ‘listed’ barn is likely to pre-date 1787. Other than having been re-roofed in recent years the barn was largely untouched and being utilised for storage. Our clients asked us to convert it into habitable accommodation so that it could be used in a variety of ways, principally as accommodation for extended family and guests, as well as providing additional reception space when entertaining.
The dramatic large volume of the existing barn had vertical windows on the south elevation, interesting window openings on the east side and an arched door opening on the west. The design for the conversion used these elements as a starting point to make the most of bringing light into the space. A mezzanine in the reception area allowed the dramatic volume to be retained in part of the barn. As the conversion developed the existing granite and roof ties were retained internally where appropriate.
The resulting conversion has created comfortable spaces that make the most of the character of the existing barn.