This 4-acre woodland with three small 18th century ruined barns (with a complete lime-kiln) was purchased as a future 1st home for Stephen Waldron and his wife. A stunning site, opening directly on to ‘the commons’ and with red kites wheeling on the rock cliff behind, it had an existing planning consent for a rather poor ‘studio-flat’ in one barn, and nothing else. But we felt that the other barns, roofless and collapsed for over 100 years, derelict beyond repair, could all be restored, and applied for planning consent within days of purchase.
We obtained an excellent consent to restore these barns, and to unite them all with a large grass roof link, providing the central living space. The design needed to enable our’ adult children and grandchildren to stay in one wing and be relatively independent, and the new consent is for a 3-bedroomed house.
A new access track had to be provided initially and the cost of this engineering challenge was more than halved using an unusual textile and geogrid combination, the tiny self-build team completing the 350m length in 2½ days.
Work on the barns is ongoing and due for completion in May 2015. A 365’ borehole already provides high quality drinking water, and under-floor heating is by solar panels. The entire complex is off-grid with a solar PV array and 3-day battery bank. The final building group is currently emerging and maybe will one day be featured on TV?
The total project cost is estimated to be £150,000.