This month marks 7 years on our self-building project, somewhat beyond the 5 year plan. It's a good time to look back and see how it's come on...

Upper Bedrooms

Originally an open-fronted equipment store, this barn now houses the garage, master bedroom with ensuite, bedroom three and the family bathroom. All the timber trusses remained in place, while we dug out foundations, service trenches and floor, then built new walls and re-roofed.

Lower Bedrooms

The old turkey-hanging room and farm shop have become the guest bedroom with ensuite and bedroom four. The farm shop had a substantial concrete floor that we had to break up and dig out before trenching for services, then we poured a new floor, altered the walls and re-roofed. A feature stone wall was exposed in each room, along with more exposed timber trusses.

Kitchen and Link

The brick-fronted stables were once an older stone cow-shed, and they presented us with a great destruction challenge as they featured double-brick dividing walls and concrete troughs. After much smashing, crashing and delicate removal of the concrete-asbestos roof we've built a kitchen featuring flagstone floor and enormous recycled timber trusses. The gaps between the stables and other barns have been closed with a small and large link, the latter using steel beams to form a great open span with part-glass roof and bi-fold doors that can be fully retracted on both sides.

Dining Room and Lounge

These stone barns are the oldest part of the site, and required the most delicate work as the council's conservation department insisted all the roofing timbers were restored and retained. We painstakingly labelled and photographed the entire roof structure before dismantling it for restoration and rebuilding. A number of huge steel beams were installed to support the new fireproof cladding and beautiful fresh thatch. All the old timbers were then reinstated and a new flagstone floor laid. Old stone walls were sparingly repaired and repointed, so these rooms look least changed from their original state.