We absolutely love seeing converted and refurbished properties on homify, and today we are treated with a tour inside a granary that has undergone a total renovation and extension both inside and outside. Located in the Cotswolds, this house required the existing concrete slab to be excavated and replaced, increasing the overall internal volume. Originally, it was a short, double-height space that was poorly planned and not suited to modern living. Now, it has been slightly raised, so that the occupants are privy to the wonderful view of the rolling plains and paddocks in the area. On top of this, the interiors are now fresh and contemporary, reflecting the needs and demands of 21st century life. Take a look…
Photography: James Whitaker
To begin, we see the wonderful exterior of the antiquated granary that has been masterfully refreshed by deDraft. For those who haven't heard the term granary before, it is a storehouse used to keep grains and animal feed. More often than not, they are built above ground to ensure that rodents and pests do not destroy the stockpiles. The oldest granaries date back to 9500 BC, with many in a terrible state of ruin. This particular granary is connected to a 19th century farmhouse, and is made of the yellow Oolitic Cotswold stone.
Fact: The stone found in this area dates back to Jurassic times!
In this image, it is possible to see the modifications completed on the building by the architects. In its place, stood a poor quality attempt at an extension that was in dire need of replacing. As you can see, the same coloured stone and similarly shaped windows have been installed to retain the historical appeal of the building.
Given that the Cotswolds is known for stone-built villages and quaint historical towns, it comes as no surprise that the architects have tried to blend the home into the existing country landscape as best as they can. The pale coloured stone is reminiscent of the stone mined in the area, and allows this home to have a dialogue with both the landscape and existing vernacular of the area.
The bold modern partition that houses a wood-burning stove is spectacular, and creates an aura of warmth and intimacy in this small sitting room. Space saving elements have been considered too, with shelves lining the rear walls. The furniture is funnily enough, a contrast to the new build, yet suits the historical pretence of the building perfectly. White and blue as a colour palette are known to elicit feelings of relaxation and calm, so it is only fitting that a scheme such as this would be employed in a space that should be conducive to respite.
From this angle, you have another view of the almost floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Housing a number of books, trinkets and boxes, this is a great option for a modern day family with small children and plenty of possessions. The occupants have the ability to be able to organise the shelf using a system of hierarchy—the least used items at the top, the most common at the bottom. The wood-burning stove is also translated into this space, allowing the young occupants of the home to feel comfortable and warm as they complete homework or unleash their creativity. The desk system is yet another example of clever space usage by the architects.
This staircase serves both a functional, practical and aesthetic purpose—it quite literally ticks all the boxes! Not only is it visually stunning, but it provides additional storage space for the occupants. Often at times, the space beneath the stairs is wasted, but in this case, has been put to good use. Whilst the balustrade has a charming and classic appeal to it, the design of the treads is contemporary and fresh—with the white and pale timber colour palette radiating through this muted space.
The bedroom is a contrast to the bold, modern staircase seen above. Instead, it radiates classic English cottage charm—a similar theme employed also in the living room. The white barn-style door creates a stunning juxtaposition between outside and inside spaces, allowing the fresh country air to penetrate the room. On top of this, it helps to remind that we are indeed inside a building that is part of English history. After all, when there is a view as stunning such as this to be contemplated, you want to be able to make the most of it!
To finish, we leave this wonderful home in the bathroom. An oasis of calm and serenity, the bold modernity witnessed in the other spaces isn't as apparent here. The free-standing bathtub in conjunction with the exposed steel fittings and fixtures is reminiscent of bathhouses and washrooms of the past. The earthy coloured marble complements the rich green wall paint, and helps to highlight the feature of the room which is none other than the large bathtub!
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