Historic Barn Conversions are tricky to get right, if the building happens to be a Grade II Listed timber frame structure it becomes even more difficult balancing conservation principles, aesthetics and energy efficiency.
Many of these buildings are in quite a poor condition by the time they appear on the market and unfortunately, many of them are bought by well-intentioned but inexperienced self-builders or speculative builders looking for a ‘quick buck’. The result is often an architecturally uninteresting assemblage of architectural mementoes that receive listed building consent not because it’s an exceptional design, but because the proposed scheme is preferable to total dereliction.
On inspection, this Grade II Listed former barn in West Shropshire turned out to be one of the better examples. Clad externally with softwood feather edge boards to match the local vernacular style and topped with a random and diminishing course stone slate roof this former agricultural building sits comfortably in its surroundings. Internally new exposed oak joists have been cleverly fitted without damaging the original frame, elsewhere the historic oak structure has been carefully repaired and left exposed so that the original methods of construction and origins of the building can be appreciated by future generations.
The original C17 carpenter’s assembly marks were clearly visible on the major components, these often consist of Roman numerals, but in this building, they took the more unusual form of scribed circles.
Listed Building Survey undertaken on behalf of a private client.