Bodenham Barn

Barn Houses Case Study

A very rare individual plot with planning for a Border Oak barn became available in an idyllic Herefordshire location with planning permission to build a 3 bed family barn. It quickly got snapped up by a local family wanting to take on their second self build after building their first Border Oak home in 2014.

Bodenham Barn 07

With a semi open plan ground floor layout and three generous bedrooms upstairs, the planning approval was already very close to family's requirements. The design, based upon the proportions of traditional Herefordian structures nearby, is particularly adaptable and spacious. The adjoining garage barn has the advantage of offering an additional bedroom suite or office above. Likewise, the attached workshop has a wonderful ground floor studio and occasional bedroom, bathroom with separate external access.

The family chose a self build route again - commissioning the oak frame, SIPs and roof structure from Border Oak, but then tackling all the remaining work themselves (with help from their parents who have a background in construction). The end result is testament to months of blood sweat and tears and endless weekends and evenings procuring and building as well as bringing up children and working full time.

Internally, the finish is laidback and informal with the oak frame being deliberately pared back (for cost and design) to its primary structural members. All the rooms are bright and flow effortlessly through to the next space with no doors to interrupt or divide.

Externally, the thick natural weatherboarding and handmade bricks are weathering softly, helping the barn settle into its private plot, tucked away yet elevated to capture long views over neighbouring pastures.

10 months
Oak frame, weatherboarding, handmade brick, handmade tiles, attached annex
Scopes of work
Border Oak Scope of works: 
Plot Finding
, Planning
and water tight shell
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Customer Comments
"I love the marriage of traditional building methods and modern technology that you get with Border Oak houses - it's the best of both worlds."