Rose Ash Barn

The client had gained consent to convert this agricultural barn to residential use vie Class Q permitted development rights and wanted to carry out the work as a self builder using entirely natural materials.

I incorporate sustainable design into my projects as much as possible and this is a good example of what can be achieved when the client and architect work together to form an ecologically sound design.

The existing structure consisted of 8 granite columns supporting a timber roof with large solid oak trusses. The walls were infilled with 'Hempcrete' a material made from a mixture of hemp shiv and a lime based binding agent. This forms the walls between the columns as well as providing a good level of insulation and has been rendered over in lime render and finished in breathable lime paint. The slates are all recycled and the roof is insulated with sheep's wool as well as insulation manufactured from recycled denim.

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