How do you get the home of your dreams? One option is, of course, to design and build yourself. This way, you can ensure that every aspect of the house is to your liking, and exactly what you wanted. However, while there is certainly a lot to be said for new construction, if you are the kind of person who loves the charm of an old building, this may not be the option for you. Here in the UK, we are lucky to have so many beautiful old buildings, whether they are historic manors or quaint country barns. A great way to take advantage of these treasures is by renovating and converting them into new, liveable structures. Today on homify, we take a look at some inspiring UK home renovations.
Jeff Kahane + Associates handled the restoration and expansion of what was once a derelict barn in Wales. The firm chose larch cladding to line the facade of the addition, a material which complements and maintains the natural look of the old barn structure. While the sloping upper roof is covered in traditional Welsh slate, the lower roofs are flat so that they can be used to grow wild flowers and other plants, a thoughtful detail that makes the home eco-friendly and well-suited to its environment.
To expand this Southampton cottage, Amorphous Design Ltd built an extension to create a final L-shaped structure. The new wing is constructed out of timber and glass, with huge floor to ceiling windows that help to connect the home's interior to the outside.
From inside, we can see how the design of the addition creates a blend between the new and the old. The timber retains that cottage-like feeling, but the open plan and abundance of natural light make a space that is thoroughly contemporary. We especially love the eclectic touch created by the juxtaposition of the chandeliers with the rough, rustic timber.
The conversion of this old barn in Cambridgeshire succeeds through its reliance on simplicity. By embracing the elegant geometry of the original structure, the designers at MCMM Architettura, a firm with international influences based in Cambridgeshire, were able to create a home that is both stylish and traditional.
Paul Wiggins Architects understood the project of expanding and updating this country house it Kent. Like in other renovations, the architects chose to make windows a main feature of the expansion. Back when many of these historical buildings were constructed, the technology available for heating and insulation would have made it much more difficult to include walls of windows, so older buildings tend to be darker or to rely less on natural light. With today's advances, this in no longer a problem. Renovations that add windows allow the home owner to enjoy the charm of the past in the sunlight of the present day.
This stunning barn conversion is North Norfolk is a project of the design practise Rural Office for Architecture. We love how the lines and form of the structure have been just subtly altered to created a building that is thoughtfully contemporary, but retains the barn's original outlines. This is the kind of renovation that manages to achieve a near perfect aesthetic balance between old and new.