The Big Barn, Ashington

Reconstruction of an oak framed barn to form a well insulated three bedroom house. The existing building had been extensively and poorly repaired and was on the point of collapse. We dismantled it and numbered all the components.

We then found we had insufficient structural timbers to reconstruct a new frame, so the existing oak was used for the two central bays only, which enclose a full height space. Bedrooms form galleries on either side of this space, and green oak was used for the structural timbers in these areas.

The oak was all obtained from local Hampshire & West Sussex estates and converted in-situ using a Trekkasaw (http://trekkasaw.com/). Cladding was also of oak and the roof was covered in reclaimed clay tiles with oak pins.

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