Currently on site, this exciting project within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will bring an historic barn brought back into use as part new home, part holiday let. The biggest challenge presented by the project was to find a solution that would allow the original roof height to be notably increased. Working with the Councils built Heritage Officer timber louvres were introduced over the existing walls to maintain the character and proportions of the original structure.
A suitable construction strategy was developed that will enable a lightweight timber frame to be inserted within the existing stone walls. The original trusses will be re-used to form a new roof at the higher level.
The Wain House is a 17th century cart shed sited in a small hamlet near the border town of Presteigne, Wales. The cart shed was converted to a house in the 1990’s. Our brief was to restore the Wain House to its former glory whilst creating a new house for the owners.
The site is Grade II listed so the new design required a high level of design sensitivity, working with Historic England and the Council’s Built Heritage Officer planning permission has been granted for a contemporary 3 bedroom house. The new building is predominantly clad in local clay tiles to harmonise with the Wain House and has been divided into three smaller volumes to match the typical scale and massing of the surrounding houses. Simple vernacular forms are employed to create a new courtyard, echoing the farmyards of the surrounding area . The design was praised at planning and we look forward to seeing it on site in 2019.