The Barn

We have been seeing an increase in secondary dwellings here at distinctive. And with an average of 60m2, considered design functionality needs to be at the forefront to give our clients a space that feels like home. Today I want to show you a very cool heritage renovation project undertaken in 62m2 of an existing barn built in 1829.

The project is fittingly called ‘The Barn’ and the clients instantly fell in love with ‘the simplicity, raw spatial quality, and its rough and ready texture’. The Barn was in good structural condition and was last used as a stable. The property had a significant heritage value and so the clients were required to retain one of the original horse stalls – which was able to be converted into a bathroom thus bringing plumbing into the centre of the building.

The clients purchased the barn because of its’ heritage, therefore they were aware of the implications that would be imposed on them. ‘Ensuring our decisions to alter the existing fabric were not only considered, but enhanced the spatial quality and exposed exiting fabric … we questioned our design motives a lot because the fabric we were working with was so rare’.

It is so great to see clients that are actively aware of the existing fabrics and the heritage implications. Also great to see how good you can make a small space look!