In the grounds of a Grade II listed cottage, the existing outbuilding at Ferry Cottage was converted into a stunning space by contractor Stuart Barr. To cater for different uses, the barn volume is divided in two by a retractable wall to section off the space so it can be used for guest accommodation and office space as required. The open-plan design provides a fitted kitchen at one end and bathroom suite at the other, with a complete open plan area in-between to be configured and reconfigured with loose furniture. The existing stone walls of the barn were waterproofed and then lined internally to give a minimal and clean finish. The existing trusses were stripped of their paint finish, restored back to their natural finish and limed. With underfloor heating and power from a solar panel array, the barn conversion has been sustainably modernised creating a fantastic ancillary space to the main house.
As heritage specialists, West Waddy have undertaken many barn conversion projects, take a look at Oakhouse Barns, Hopkins Yard, and Stoke Road Farm Barns. Each historic structure provides its own challenges and takes a tailored approach to ensure that appropriate methods and materials are used to achieve high standards of energy performance without compromising the integrity and aesthetic. As a basic conservation principle, it is important the historic fabric is conserved, and that modern interventions can be interpreted as distinct from the original. This was the guiding principle in the design of the future extension to the main cottage which can be seen here. West Waddy secured planning and listed building consent for the extension which will afford stunning panoramic views of the garden toward the river beyond.