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Hill View Barn - Contemporary granite glazed extension

The Brief -  The original property was a traditional late 18th / early 19th century agricultural barn which was converted for residential use approximately 20 years ago. The current owner wanted to add a contemporary two-storey traditional granite extension with glazed gable to the rear of the property which would not only add additional open plan living accommodation as well as Master Bedroom with ensuite at first floor, but also take full advantage of the stunning rear views.


The Design -  The proposed scheme fuses traditional design and quality materials in a contemporary way to provide a stunning rear extension.  The extension is constructed from high quality natural materials which both complement and enhance the original house as well as providing the modern qualities the owner requires.  It has been finished using matching granite stone and lintels to the walls with a large, glazed gable end with the roof covered with natural slate and ½ round clay ridge tiles.  Aluminium windows and bi-fold doors link the extension to the rear garden which flood the extension with natural light and open up the stunning views over the surrounding countryside for the occupants.  Conservation rooflights have been included within the Master Bedroom for ventilation and additional light to the central section of the extension.  


Internally the property is finished to a high standard with a simple pallet of materials to give a clean and contemporary finish so as not to distract from the inherent features of the original barn. The proposed scheme provides an open plan, light and spacious layout.   At ground floor level, the removal of the kitchen wall allows for open plan living, with large bi-fold doors leading out to the south facing garden and patio area, making it a perfect spot for alfresco dining.  The small addition to the existing single storey side extension provides a third bedroom/study for the property. At first floor level a spacious Master Bedroom has been formed which includes a dressing area and ensuite with full height vaulted ceiling and exposed roof trusses.

Green Agenda - The design was born out of the need to produce a sustainable low energy extension. Passive solar, natural ventilation, high levels of insulation, natural daylight, top quality materials with low embodied energy, efficient heating and appliances are all incorporated within the design to minimise the consumption of building materials and energy.  The owner was very keen to ensure the building is highly insulated due to its exposed location in the Cornish countryside.  Natural light via windows, doors, glazed gables and rooflights will mean less reliance on artificial lighting which, when required, will be via energy efficient fittings. 


The Build – the project was constructed by a local builder with a good reputation who has constructed high quality projects in the locality. 


Completion – Summer 2020

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