Traditional Cotswold Barn


Project Background

Our clients sold their period house to raise funds for their new build project but are leasing it back from the new owners whilst their new house is built. They have a farm on which there is an old, and very large barn. Their intention was to knock down the barn and build a new house in its place. They knew however that it was highly likely that it would get refused at planning if they applied for this change of use. They therefore took a strategic approach to planning by firstly applying for conversion of the barn into an agricultural dwelling and, once this was granted, then applied for a replacement dwelling.

They had originally worked on the project with an architect, but then approached us for two reasons. Firstly they decided they wanted to work with an oak frame specialist, and secondly because they wanted a full turnkey service and rigorous cost control, which they knew their architect didn’t offer.

The House

The design takes cues from a traditional Cotswold barn using Cotswold stone and timber cladding. It will be flooded with light and feel very spacious with high pitched ceilings. A concept to maximise the presence of oak whilst remaining economic was to locate it in sight lines, thresholds, walkways and wherever it can be touched. It has four bedrooms with en-suites and an open plan kitchen/dining/living space with seamless connections to the outdoors.

“Placing oak strategically so as to be in constant contact with it – giving it a greater sense of ‘oakyness’. Contemporary clean lines, in contrast with the traditional textured oak, brings out the beauty of the wood and helps gives the house a sense of clarity by providing the user with clear pathways of sight and movement”, says Josh Wood, the Architectural Designer on the project.


This build was completed in 2017. The owners are now living in their beautiful bespoke traditional Cotswold barn. In June 2018, we issued the final completion certficate.

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