• Location: Somerset
  • Client: Private
  • Project status: Planning obtained
  • Project type: Conversion
  • Size: 280sqm

Richmond Bell Architects designed this striking Somerset barn conversion to replace existing barns near Taunton. The barns already had Class Q planning permission for conversion into a residential dwelling, but RBA worked with the clients and Atlas Planning Consultants to come up with a new design that integrated better with the surrounding landscape and met the clients’ needs.

The new house is centred around an internal glass walled courtyard containing a mature tree. A large amount of glazing opens out from the building onto terraced areas, further helping to bring the countryside into the house.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, split over two levels. A master suite with dressing room and large en-suite is on the upper level. The master bedroom will have a large corner window looking out over a terrace that will make the most of the evening sun. The clients also plan to install a hot tub in this area. A guest suite and 2 further bedrooms and bathroom are situated on the lower level, along with the rest of the living accommodation. This includes a large open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, along with a study, tv room, boot room and cloakroom.

The new building also takes the environment into consideration, with a ground source heat pump located in the adjoining field. Natural, local, materials such as stone and timber on the external walls will help retain the characteristics of the original barn, along with a metal roof. The bays that divide the existing barn will define the internal spaces of the conversion.

Richmond Bell Architects also designed a new garage to replace another barn. This will maintain the original farmyard layout.

Project Status

The project is currently in RIBA Stage 4 and 5 (Technical Design and Working Drawings). Construction work is scheduled to start in Spring 2022.


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