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Wyard's Barn, Suffolk

Low-Energy Barn Conversion

The client had been searching for over a year until they found the derelict barn and paddock for sale at Pear Tree Farm in Rumburgh.

Having recently moved back to England from abroad, they had found it difficult to find a house to suit their needs and budget. Although the barn did not appear much at first viewing, the potential to create a spacious and modern home that was also extremely energy efficient was clear.

New + Old
The listed barn had been poorly maintained and repaired over the years and the original oak roof and north elevation were also lost. We were able to convince the conservation officer that a sympathetic modern approach would create a more interesting and ultimately successful conversion.

The original frame has been repaired and a new roof installed to the original pitch. Reclaimed and traditional materials are used for the main structure of the new building. Openings are strategically located and of simple design. This is in order to minimise the impact upon the agricultural heritage of the building, but also provide good daylight into the barn.

2016 Energy Efficiency Standards
The barn will be insulated to 2016 standards and is to be heated by a ground source heat pump with electricity coming from solar photo-voltaic panels.



        Internal view of the existing oak studs.

View of barn from the old farm pond.