- Maugersbury, Gloucestershire
- 400 M2
Quattro was appointed for the conversion of a disused barn, constructed in the 1980s, to a single residential dwelling at Maugersbury, near Stow-on-the Wold. The scheme also included a new garage and replacement stables.
The client lived in the dwelling adjacent to the barn and it was their intention to move into the barn upon completion.
The site is nestled close to the A429 Fosse Way, to the south of Stow-on-the-Wold and to the west of the hamlet of Maugersbury. It is situated at the end of a long no- through lane providing access to a handful of residential properties and surrounding farmland.
The barn and yard has its own access off the lane, beyond the separate residential access to the existing house. The barn lies within a complex of buildings and a dwelling historically constructed for the purposes of an agricultural and equestrian business. This was not used by the present owners and stood empty. The owners regarded it as surplus to their requirements.
The site lies within the Cotswolds AONB and a woodland TPO covers trees surrounding the barn, mainly between the barn and lane. A designated heritage asset is also located within the woodland to the south of the site.
The existing barn was mainly constructed in blockwork and as a result its appearance was more reflective of a commercial building than that of a traditional agricultural/equestrian building. However, the barn retained a traditional form and proportions. The existing simple roadside (rear) elevation projects an understated appearance that blends into its surroundings. The design of this elevation therefore remained as simple and as plain as possible, with limited new openings and conservation rooflights. This ensured that the elevation does not detract from the character and appearance of the existing site, which currently appears as a functional equestrian development.
The front elevation looking onto the far-reaching countryside, has large windows to take advantage of the views. The main living accommodation and bedrooms are also positioned to take advantage of the views.
The blockwork barn has been clad in Cotswold stone (with insulation and a cavity) such that it is in keeping with the character, appearance and local distinctiveness of Cotswold District. The roof finish is reconstituted Cotswold stone tile.
Outside amenity space for the new dwelling has been provided within a new courtyard garden area to the front of the barn conversion, ensuring it is carefully screened from public vantage points, with the overall character of the site maintained.
The materials for the barn conversion are comprised with:
- Windows: Powder coated aluminium with mullions
- Front Door: Oak
- External Walls: Cotswold Stone with stone quoins and detailing
- Roof: Reconstituted Cotswold Stone tiles
- Rainwater Goods: Alumasc Heritage Cast Aluminium
The accommodation within the dwelling comprises kitchen, dining, utility, study, wc, drawing room, 5 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.
The proposed garage is sited directly opposite the barn where the existing stables were located. The garage materials match the barn conversion but the scale of the garage is subservient to the barn conversion. The garage use is ancillary to the residential use of the site.
The works were carried out under a JCT Intermediate Contract with Contractor’s Design.
Quattro Design Architects ran the project from stages 1 – 7 and were Contract Administrators. The project is now complete.