Barn Renovation - Diggle, Oldham

In renovating this Barn we transformed a set of derelict barns into a beautiful, purpose designed character home for modern family living. The most significant renovation phases include the restoration of retained original features and the modernisation of internal structure and layout.

Stone Barn Renovation

Renovation of original features included the dismantling of multiple external and internal stone walls and reconstruction on new foundations using the original materials. We stabilised and strengthened the walls and this allowed us to improve the internal layout or rooms and spaces.

We worked closely with the planning authorities to allow additional openings for windows and a door, and we restored or renewed any original damaged features using matching materials.

We are experienced renovation contractors and have completely renovated and converted many derelict barns, creating luxury family homes in approximately 26 weeks.

We retain and professionally restore or rebuild many of the original barn features; include stone walls, roof timbers and stone windows. Internally we often restore the retained character features and design floor layout plans that contrast and blend the traditional and modern features to best effect.

Barn Conversion

The converted barn is located within a Designated Area of Green Belt in the rural village of Diggle, east of Manchester.

The conversion required amalgamating five structures including a roof connecting a pair of stone barns with adjacent store rooms. The interconnecting roof linked the barn buildings. Our role was to maximise the inherent development potential within the barns, transforming them into a single, spacious contemporary home.

Planning Permission

The extensive knowledge of Green Belt planning controls we have already built up was useful because Planning restrictions govern the extent of change allowed to existing buildings. Many innovations we proposed were acceptable to client and Local Authority which made planning efficient.

Our innovative design satisfied all sides as it considerably increased the useable internal space, it introduced contemporary design features, systems and materials; and it maintained the external character of the building.

Architectural Plans

Our architectural surveyor completed a full building and grounds survey and draw up detailed design plans that showed how we would formalise the structure of the interconnecting link to amalgamate the buildings, sympathetically reconstruct, renovate or restore exterior walls, windows, doorways, and driveway and roof systems; raise two roofs and drop a floor to increase barn volumes within allowable limits.

As Planning restrictions govern the barn exterior, once volumes additions were agreed in principle we could plan the interior with greater certainty.

Exterior Restoration Plans

Externally we could raise the height of several stone barns and the old 'link' area. This allowed internal mezzanine levels to be added in bedrooms and an additional floor for the master bedroom. We added windows and a door too and replaced frames to the design agreed. The slate roof system needed complete restoration though the original timbers of the large barn were retained and cleaned.

We agreed with the client at an early stage that renovation would work best if original features contrasted with modern and contemporary features.

Interior Restoration Plans

Internally, key original features were retained to act as reference points to the heritage of the building and contrast the modern and contemporary styling used elsewhere. The quality of restoration is to a luxury standard.

Examples include the gable end walls of the kitchen and lounge which have been largely left exposed. The original stone adds character to the kitchen and living room and the light, soft colours of limestone and mortar compliment the interior colour scheme.

The left staircase wall contains the original large stone support pillars (transoms) and at the top of the stairs is a stone wall section to draw the eye. Positioning exposed features is important if the design is to work visually as they stylistically link discrete sections of the house.

Another dramatic feature is the renovated original wooden beams in the lounge roof space that were sandblasted in-situ.

Renovation Projects

If you have a barn or other type of property you want to renovate contact us for a free quote. We are redevelopment experts and efficiently design and create exciting, innovative homes in modern styles and to current standards.

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