Looking now at this charming house, there’s not much that relates it to an old barn other than maybe the shape. But you’d be surprised to know how it really looked like before the renovation. This building was originally an 18th century dilapidated barn located in Yorkshire. But then British studio Snook Architects started working on a very interesting project. Their task was to transform the barn into a modern home.
The Cat Hill Barn had been abandoned for years before the team was asked to rebuild the whole thing. Their task was not easy. It’s often easier to build something from scratch than to rescue a ruin.
The internal structure and the roof of the barn had to be rebuilt. The floor was removed and the space was transformed into a two-storey family home. All the external walls also needed work in order to become secure so the team added a steel structural frame.
The existing roof was replaced with a system of pegged oak trusses which you can see in the kitchen and dining room situated at the center of the house. The architects didn’t want to eradicate all traces of the old building so they preserved some key elements. The internal layout now features the bedrooms at the ends of the first floor and the living room and guest bedrooms on the ground floor.