The Barn


Location: Somerset

Type: Conversion

Status: Complete


Contractor:  MAKE

Project Architect:  Shu Architects

Structural Engineer:  Build Collective

Services Engineer: Greengauge

Passive House

Sustainability is at the core of this project and undoubtably, Passive House certification will ‘future proof’ this home and its carbon footprint will be negligible.  

Arguably more significantly, by breathing new life into a building located on the farm where the client grew up, those childhood memories are now encapsulated in walls where new memories will be formed by the next generation. 

A truly sustainable building is one that endures time and indeed, prolongs it.

Class Q

Since 2014, Class Q planning policy allows for residential conversion of an agricultural building.  

Transforming a redundant farm building into family home means that it is possible to take advantage of the original and substantial footprint.  At over 300sqm, the barn can now feature dedicated pockets of space for home working, open plan family games and hobbies plus a gym. 

“The main reason for this barn conversion is an emotional one to be honest.  Having spent most of our adult lives in military accommodation, this is our chance to be in our first real home which is close to family, in a place where I grew up…”

The Barn Client

“… Being able to watch our kids run around in the fields where I used to run around as a child is especially poignant.  The barn is designed to use so little energy that, by contributing to protecting the environment, we can safeguard the environment for our children and our children’s children.  

The house for us, really is the dream.”

The Barn Client
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