In the small hamlet of Honeydon in Bedfordshire we have been asked to review a potential barn extension with a client to provide an increased size of property for the couple to enjoy. The clients have undertaken a sensitive restoration and conversion of the existing barn but have outgrown the dwelling so the intention has been to extend whilst being as sensitive as possible to the original host building.

We have explored the design with the clients thoroughly and the overall concepts have always been to:
– leave the existing barn as untouched as possible with minimal adaptions;
– place the extension out of site from the road and in a position that minimises overlooking and overshadowing to the neighbouring farmhouse;
– design an extension to be subservient in scale and height against the original.

We completed three feasibility studies all different and unique to the site but offering a variety of materials, forms and roof-scapes. These have then been developed further with the clients and discussed at length with the local authority planning department at Bedford Borough Council.

We are now in the process of evolving the design further towards submitting for planning permission in the next few months.

We will keep you posted of any further developments.