Once upon a time there was a cattle shed in a terrible, neglected state that was crying out for help. The walls were falling apart and the roof had long since been removed. Located in Haigh Country Park Conservation Area, the property is situated inside the Green Belt, which is an area of land that's being preserved from urban infill to retain its rural, agricultural charm.
The cattle shed was rescued from ruins by SDA Architecture and is now a stunning three bedroom family home that is still connected to its past yet embodies 21st century creature comforts.
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In many ways the building was special to the owners as it held a sentimental value. It was important that the existing structure was respected and that the new design blended in as seamlessly as possible.
Planning restrictions from the local council dictated that no new openings could be added to the exterior so the architects were faced with the challenge of finding a way for light to enter the building without compromising the existing façade. With this in mind, a 6m high glazed atrium was cleverly installed.
In this image we are treated to a full view of the barn, which shows off the existing stonework that has been lovingly restored to its former glory. You can see that the windows and doors have been replaced, painted in a pale pastel shade of green to add a complementary yet contrasting touch to the exterior.
The design respects and pays homage to the history and vernacular of the site, which is why it was nominated for Best Conversion at both the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015 and the Wigan Design Awards 2015.
Inside, we see a wonderful example of a country style kitchen, which has many modern amenities and features. On the end of the kitchen island you'll notice a slim wine cooler, perfect to house and chill those bottles of champagne and Chardonnay for the summer months.
Perpendicular to this is another wine rack to store the vintages and varieties that should be served at room temperature. Other notable details include the pale stone floors and wooden countertops, which all fit together to create a homely, barn style interior.
The bedroom colour scheme is ethereal and serene, which is a great choice considering the rather angular and geometric shape of the space. An abundance of Queen Anne style furniture takes centre stage, with the stunning brocade quilt cover adding to the elegant and regal feel of this bedroom.
A starburst mirror has been placed above the bed, adding an element of Art Deco style to the room. Lastly, you'll notice the wallpaper gives off a little glimmer and a hint of a delicate pattern.
Though small in size, the bathtub and shower has been arranged in such a way that the bathroom still feels spacious. The high level window allows the occupant to maintain privacy while bathing whilst also providing a constant stream of light and ventilation through the space.
The contrast between pale pink marble and white is subtle yet charming, creating a space that is conducive to relaxation and calm.
If you'd like to tour another wonderful British barn renovation, check out: The Million Pound Barn.