Originally built as part of the farm the agricultural outbuildings are ancillary to a Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse in East Sussex located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The aim of the project was to provide additional family accommodation including a sitting room, studio bedroom and bathroom together with a garage and outside store within an historical building sensitively balanced with contemporary fittings and detailing.
The existing timber structure sole plates were rotten being partially below ground level in some locations on low quality sandstone foundations. The existing foundations were carefully removed and new foundations installed.
The clients were keen to maintain the look and character of the barn so the buildings broadly retain their original appearance having been meticulously surveyed and stripped back prior to rebuilding. They had suffered from water ingress through the substructure and roof and a significant amount of timber repairs to the original structure were required. The building had also moved over time and the clients were keen to ensure that the building retained this appearance so natural undulations within the roof structure were not corrected. Where existing timber was replaced with new oak, traditional carpentry methods were used with the tenons pegged.