A contemporary take on a traditional barn-style design
Kate Quinlan, Alastair Bowden and Fiona McLean
“This sustainable, modern house combines traditional elements and beautiful, practical interiors. Three pitched roof volumes define the different areas of the house, linked by generous 'in-between' spaces. Stone walls blur the boundaries between the building and surrounding gardens. The heart of the home is a barn-like structure inspired by a historic outbuilding on the site, with open views to the south.”
Photo: Ivan Jones
Blending tradition with innovation
The highlight of this house is the “New Barn” with an elaborate vaulted ceiling handcrafted by a Baufritz carpenter using traditional joinery techniques that date back to the 16th century. Contemporary frameless windows have been incorporated into the oak frame across the entire length of the building and offer unobstructed views to the south. The gable walls are finished with a natural clay plaster.
The heart of the family home
The spacious living and dining area has a warm, cosy feel despite the substantial size of the room. This is created by the use of oak panelling along the walls and the double-sided fireplace set in a bespoke module with shelving and seating that separates the living area from the dining room and kitchen.
Traditional and local materials
The house is set back from the road on a south-facing sloping site. The organic layout of the home allows it to blend perfectly with its surroundings and creates a sense of luxury. This is accentuated by the choice of natural materials, such as locally sourced flint, handmade clay tiles, as well as sustainably grown European timber.
Seamless indoor / outdoor transition
The flint wall wraps around into the entrance hall, linking the indoor and outdoor spaces. A floor-to-ceiling glass pane adds to this effect. The layout of the house and the bespoke interiors are highly contemporary, with outstanding details and unique features.
good things come in twos
This is the client’s second Baufritz home after House Crichton, built in 2011. Although they differ in style, the similarities are evident to the discerning eye.
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