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Beaconsfield

Low Energy Barn Conversion
Design
Gresford Architects
Contract Value
Circa £450k
Project Description

This project features as an example of a modern yet sensitive barn conversion 21 minutes into the program on ‘Old House New Home’ series 6 episode 3

We were initially approached by Gresford Architects to undertake a sympathetic renovation of a Historic England listed building.

We were initially tasked with a total interior refurbishment including kitchens & bathrooms. During initial discussions with the client and architect we proposed tried and tested energy saving measures that could be implemented during the refurbishment process. These would enhance the year-round comfort of the building. Icynene spray foam insulation was injected into the roof area and into timber frame wall sections. The entire floor of the house was excavated and rebuilt with PIR which was then liquid screeded.

Bow Tie Construction assisted with the re-design of structural steel layouts in the kitchen area to achieve maximum head height and to allow tall windows and doors. We designed and installed the bespoke steel staircase using reclaimed scaffolding boards as steps. The staircase uses extremely slim laser cut profiles.

All new windows were fitted including including new rooflights and Critall products. The large 3m x 2.4m kitchen feature window slides into the existing wall and creates a seamless connection between the kitchen diner and patio terrace.

Bow Tie joiners built the bespoke panelling with an invisible door that was installed in the snug. We also repaired existing feature beams and added new beams.

We undertook a full re-wire and re-plumbing of entire house including adding a water booster, high performance cylinder and two boilers. We fitted an MVHR system for half the house where the main bedrooms and bathrooms are.

“We had a lot of people stay over Christmas, some quite elderly, who were concerned about being in a big old house in Winter and being cold and we received a lot of complements on the comfort and easy warmth. There is no higher accolade than complements on your house from your mother-in-law!”

– Toni M

“I have enormous respect for Bow Tie as a contractor: It’s a real pleasure not having constant battles and headaches from a builder trying to do the bare minimum.”

– Justin Bere

“This house is cosy and comfortable but in a natural way. Our old house was of similar scale, area and build and if you wanted to heat a room you had to blast it and the air would then be very dry and that heat would quickly leak out.”

– Toni M

“Rafael is particularly knowledgeable about green issues and we now have a kitchen/breakfast room which is easy and cheap to heat in the winter and cool in the summer.”

– Donald & Tania S

“My projects with Bow Tie are the only ones where I’ve left the contractor to follow my airtightness details and the projects have passed the 1st airtightness test.”

– Justin Bere

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