Dutch Barn, Devon
This Dutch Barn in Devon has been built with simplicity and an open space in mind. With a nod towards the arable straw barn that it once was, the owners have strived to mirror this through their use of wood materials throughout the design. Ash internal cladding has been used over the entire ceiling of the build to create a neutral, warm tone.
The curved roof structure, iconic of Dutch Barns is all part of the simple architecture that surrounds this home and was an element that the owners wanted to maintain when converting. Ash cladding was used internally for its understated and clean wood look. The idea was to not make a feature of the ceiling, but instead have it as a peaceful space.
The ceiling uses TG&V boards in mixed width at mixed lengths, although each piece was then cut on site to match the spacings of the purlins above. The mixed widths give a certain depth to the ceiling adding another layer of interest to the soft texture and tones of the wood.
With so much light coming in from the gable end of this property, it was important to use this light, reflecting it around the barn to help create an eco friendly, low energy home. The internal Ash cladding used reflects a lot of light and heat into the family home, not just acting as a beautiful material, but a useful one too.
Glass pendant lights hang from the ash ceiling, reclaimed from a local dairy farm, creating a home sympathetic with its past ownership. Other clear materials are used in the decor of the home, perspex tables, glass jars and plant terrariums, creating an atmosphere of clean architecture and simplistic design.
The designers of the barn wanted to use local materials, as close to their new build as possible. With a low environmental impact in mind, the process of tree to wood cladding was as important for this home as any other. Knowing that all of our timber is sourced locally, and that we only every buy from the UK helped secure the barn’s final stamp on the landscape as a eco friendly and sustainable type of home.