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 following a successful listed building consent application. Originally completely derelict, in total seven varying barns, sheds and a granary have been amalgamated and assured a long and sustainable future.

The main home weaves through three of the main structures, constructed of brick and timber frame respectively, each of which take on a differing character. 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. A polished concrete floor fuses all of the spaces together whilst ensuring the connotations of an agricultural building are preserved. The bedroom wing juxtaposes historic features of the barn with new douglas fir panelling whilst the master bedroom, at first floor level, sits within a curving white sculptural form.

Externally, the barns have been re-clad whilst deep set metal box frame each glazed opening. The arrangement and aspect of the barns emphasises the generous pockets of meadow gardens, lawns and mature plantings.

Photography by Nick Kane