Foxwhelp Barn

Barn Houses Case Study

A contemporary 3 bedroom home with attached garage and rooms above. Built in the garden of a traditional cottage, with far reaching countryside views, a very simple oak frame and a considered pallete of external materials.

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Hidden Gem

Tucked out of sight and only accessible via a narrow private lane (yet within the historic core of the village), this weatherboarded barn was designed around three apple trees - the last remaining features of a traditional orchard belonging to a small Victorian stone cottage.

With never-ending fields to the rear, the house has been conceived to maximise natural daylight and views from all the main living spaces. It was designed to be a deliberately modern addition to an otherwise traditional context.

The ground floor layout is informal and spacious, with two living rooms and a beautiful dining/kitchen (with built in pantry) together with utility room and study. The attached garage has rooms above (accesed via a staircase from the main house) which offers extra space and adaptability, but without creating a huge footprint. A simple, pared back oak frame has been used throughout - providing modest visual interest and character.

Foxwhelp Barn offers the high sustainability performance that Border Oak are known for - superlative insulation, airtightness and low embodied energy with a focus on natural, vernacular materials. Externally, the profile is simple but with enough variation to soften the overall volume of the combined built forms.

A very limited palette of materials and colours have been used - predominantly in tones of grey - slate and untreated boarding, with painted joinery and coloured metal guttering. Collectively, these textures are settling well into the rural location and softening over time.

262m2 (including garage)
10 months
Attached Annex, Simple Oak Frame, L Shaped Design, Vaulted Master Bedroom
Scopes of work
Border Oak Scope of works: 
Plot Finding
, Design
, Planning
and Full Build
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