Watford, Hertfordshire

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Set in a significant landscape, this Grade II listed barn in Oxhey, near Watford has been converted into a five bedroom family home with outbuildings encompassing further accommodation. Requiring listed building consent, in total, seven varying barns, sheds and a granary have been amalgamated and assured a long and sustainable future.

The main home is amalgamated within three of the existing structures, constructed of brick and timber frame respectively. A full renovation has taken place and has been thermally upgraded where possible. External timber cladding has been replaced, whilst oak panelling internally contrasts the existing brickwork. At the end of the main barn, the timber structure is layered with a full wall of rodeca translucent panels which allows a diffused light to enter the main space. The bedrooms and bathrooms have been inserted as a standalone structure at one end of the main barn within a white rendered sculptural form. A polished concrete floor running between each of the barns merges and fuses all structures together whilst ensuring the connotations of place, agriculture and industry are preserved. The arrangement of barns forces the main aspect over the pockets of (partly productive) gardens, lawns and mature plantings.