- AJ Retrofit Awards Shortlisting, Housing Category, 2021
Having been used as a grain store, piggery, turkey coop and cattle barn, the project converts an existing agricultural building into three contemporary homes. Of masonry cavity construction with Timber roof structure and pan tiled roofs synonymous with the Suffolk countryside, existing materials are exposed and celebrated giving a robust semi industrial palette to the new homes. The existing fabric has been improved to provide modern levels of comfort; existing walls have been insulated, underﬂoor heating has been installed throughout and the existing roof has been removed, insulated and the original tiles reinstated.
The buildings functional proportions are embraced with double height living spaces leading directly to the generous private gardens. A mezzanine ﬂoor has been inserted into the front section of the building to provide ensuite bedrooms and family bathrooms. Wide planked timber ﬂoors on the ﬁrst ﬂoors provide a feeling of warmth and familiarity. Elsewhere black steel staircases and concrete ﬂoors hint at the buildings functional past and walls clad in black vertical timber reference the agricultural vernacular. Situated in just under 4 acres the conversion embraces the rural setting and allows each home a connection with the ever changing landscape. Living spaces are ﬂooded with natural light and long views via full height double glazed windows and doors. Existing trees and hedges have been incorporated to promote the relationship between the new homes and their context.