Past Projects

Burton Grange Barn
Burton, Mere BA12 6BR


Location
The barns are situated in a rural location within the small hamlet of Burton, to the east of the picturesque village of Mere. A 10 minute walk along a nearby footpath will take you into Mere, with good local amenities and eating establishments.

The hamlet is also within easy access of main transport routes – A303 West to Somerset/Devon/Cornwall, East to Basingstoke/London. To the north, Bath is approximately 45 minutes driving distance. Four miles south is the town of Gillingham with a Waitrose and Asda. Also, it has a mainline railway station with regular services to London Waterloo and the West Country.

Burton is located on the extreme western fringe of Wiltshire, close to Stourhead and the borders of both Dorset and Somerset with the surrounding countryside given over to agriculture that gently undulates with scattered woodlands.

The barns are located close to Ashton Water and the hamlet consists of homes designed to harmonize with the surrounding landscape and cultural setting, for instance, Burton Mill, The Granary and Wheelwrights Cottage.

Naturally the surrounding area is particularly well catered for with a range of outdoor activities including riding schools and a selection of golf courses and there is an excellent selection of both state and private schools.

Summary
North and South Barns, formerly owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, stand on a 0.3 acre site with a substantial stone boundary wall to the public lane. The barns have been converted to 3,600 sq.ft of living/useable space, and provide the basis for a spacious character home together with an impressive barn that has the potential for a range of uses ancillary to the residential use.


Description
The 18th C North Barn has been converted into a 2000 sq ft luxury residential property on two levels, responding to modern patterns of living where flexibility has become a common requirement. The original stone barn constructed with local stone under a pitched slate roof, has been converted into two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor, with countryside views from the master bedroom.

The ground floor provides flexible accommodation (possibly suitable for use as a separate annexe conversion) with a further two (bed)rooms and bathroom, a utility room and downstairs toilet.

The single storey glazed west facing extension has a modern architectural style – free flowing spaces, more relaxed open plan living/dining area, with a great facade of glass and white walls. With an abundance of natural light, the open plan vaulted ceiling extension with traditional oak trusses also incorporates the kitchen with top of the range fittings and equipment.

Externally, a wide flagstoned patio is a sun trap, capturing the sun from the south and west, and beyond is the lawned garden.

The barn combines the look of the old and traditional with a contemporary design. New eco-friendly technologies; under-floor air source heating and high insulation will provide a warm and highly energy efficient home.

A large 3 bay car port and store and a generous limestone gravelled drive provide ample parking. Car port has planning permission for conversion to 500 sq.ft of additional accommodation if desired.

17th C South Barn (Grade 11 listed) is an outstanding example of an ancient threshing barn. The building frames the southern side of the site and presents an imposing gable to the roadside edge.

With its huge open space of 1600 sq.ft including an area for a toilet and shower, and potential to create an internal mezzanine floor, it has potential to be utilised in a variety of ways.

This barn was not constructed/designed to be inhabited. Originally, the great elm timbers would have supported 15 tons of thatch.

Externally it has a high limestone plinth and east gable wall, the remainder boarded timber frame with half-hipped slate roof. Internally the timbers are all tenoned and pegged. The truss form is of a collar and tie with queen struts and no middle purlin in a 5 bay interior. As all the original joints are morticed and tenoned square it dates the barn as 17th century.

This barn required extensive repair and painstaking renovation, keeping as much of the original wood as possible.

We removed the slate roof and the timber cladding side panels to take the weight off the timber frame to allow us to straighten, strap, tighten joints and correct any faults in the timber frame using modern technology and traditional carpentry methods used centuries ago, before reinstating and improving the external appearance.

It now gives a purchaser the opportunity to create a truly innovative building.

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