Location: The Cotswolds
Type: Conversion and New Build
Status: In Progress
Project Architect: Charlie Luxton Design
Structural Engineer: Varndell Engineering Ltd
Architects, Charlie Luxton Design are known for their thoughtful and sustainable approach but sadly, one of the most tired and beautiful farm buildings could not be preserved or restored.
Happily, the old barn will stay but in a different guise. Designed closely with the client, the barn will be allowed to age gracefully with its gentle ruins becoming the walls to an outdoor seating spot. The natural spot to sit down and ponder whilst enjoying the Cotswold landscape .
The use of the existing farm buildings had evolved over the years and as with many large plots, there were contrasting priorities leading to a number of functional, if not aesthetically considered, additions to the main farmhouse. Ancillary buildings were added and taken away without thought.
Architects, Charlie Luxton Design have sensibly reduced the volume of the existing buildings and simplified the layout. They have reinstated the beautifully landscaped courtyard overlooked by the main farmhouse, guest annex and dining room.
The Edge is surrounded by mature trees which offer some shelter from the prevailing wind. However, the micro-climate on top of the hill means that site visit PPE includes provisions for snow, sunshine and gale force winds!
Partially combating the wind, the brick wall of the existing farmhouse will be retained to form a south-facing walled garden, naturally providing shelter to the courtyard and preserving the heritage of the original buildings.
As part of the wider site scheme, the clients worked closely with landscape architects to develop a design rich in biodiversity and naturalistic in character. The aim being to provide further shelter for the home, but also creating new habitats such as natural ponds to attract more wildlife.