Cat Hill Barn

Cat Hill Barn


Scheme Name: Cat Hill Barn
Architect: Snook Architects
Client: Steve Wills
Photographer: Andy Haslam

RIBA Yorkshire Award
RIBA Yorkshire Small Project Award

This is an unusually good example of a barn conversion. The interventions are uncompromisingly contemporary but complement the scale and character of the existing barn.

The main living spaces read as one generous volume set off by the new pegged oak trusses and stone fireplace. This space alludes to an upper floor by a floating glass gallery that neatly separates the main bedroom from the children’s bedrooms.

The budget was extremely tight but the keenness of a local contractor and the proximity of the joinery workshop all helped to keep costs down. Avoiding the tendency to planner-twee that bedevils so many barn conversions, this simple scheme builds on the lofty agricultural aesthetic and injects it with all the intimacy and fun of a good domestic project.


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