Kiln Farm Barn, Redlingfield

Kiln Farm Barn is of an age circa late 18th Century and is set within the grounds of Grade 2 Listed Kiln Farmhouse making it a Curtilage listed building. The barn is well preserved, with its original oak timbers and plinths generally in tact throughout. It was historically served by adjoining outbuildings and shed like structures. The proposals involve the conversion of and extension to the existing redundant agricultural barn into a new four bedroom dwelling served by an adjoining two bay cartlodge. The clients brief was to provide a contemporary design, and to veer away from the expected ‘traditional’ designs that are frequently associated with barn conversions.

This presented particular challenges due to the barn being a non-designated heritage asset, with strict criteria to be met to ensure complainace with planning policies. The solution was derived from inspiration taken from the historc adjoining outbuildings, putting a contemporary twist on the agricutural forms that once stood. The concept provided the opportunity for large areas of glazing to the front elevation, nodding to the open bayed cartshed which formerly stood in its footprint. The mis-guided preconception that all barn conversions should be clad with black weatherboarding was avoided in this project.

To tie in with the contemporary theme and to provide a more unique appearance, a high specification hardwood has been used which reverts back to the true origins of the red ochre board which local barns were often clad. Whislt the approach of the development was of a contemporary nature, care has been taken to ensure the fabric of the original barn will remain ‘happy’ through the use of breathable materials throughout.