Berkshire Barn

Barn Houses Case Study

A modern interpretation of local barn forms rearranged to create a distinctive family home - with a large central living space and super tech infrastructure hidden within the structure.

Inspired by rural barn forms and detail, but completely reinterpreted, this design takes local materials such as flint and oak and reapplies them to a contemporary layout conceived for a busy young family, working life and their pets.

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A High Tech Family Home

This impressive home is approached via an unassuming private drive, which gradually reveals a fantastic hidden location behind the conventional street scene.

The indented entrance, with a bespoke oak front door, leads onto a simple but generous hallway with access to the plant room (running all the integrated technology), a bathroom and media room. The wide, but simple, hallway then introduces a breathtaking main room in the very heart of the house, with a huge glazed feature gable running across two floors, and spanning almost 20m in both directions. Cleverly zoned with furniture, lighting and architetcural forms (oak posts and braces), the room is vast, yet light and intriguing - the glazed gable running across two storeys creates drama and perpendicular emphasis, which also balances the linear scale of the room. Natural textures and a neutral palette creates a tactile, informal and approachable ambience to an otherwise large open space.

To the side of the main room is a playroom, more intimate sitting room, utility space, kitchenette and bathroom with an internal stair leading to a self-contained suite over the integrated garage. This is an ideal space for home working, but has its own entrance should it ever need to be subdivided from the main house.

The upper floor of the main house features a spectacular double height landing space with 4 large bedrooms and bathrooms, all with very simple oak framing. The house has triple glazing and is super insulated, with whole house ventilation, heating, technology wiring, sound and lighting controlled remotely and from the plant room.

Schedule
37 weeks
Features
Open Plan Living, Vaulted Ceilings, Gallery Landing, Mixture of External Materials, Attached Garage
Scopes of work
Border Oak Scope of works: 
Full Build
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