Our client purchased this severely dilapidated barn on the strength of an Outline Planning Permission for conversion to a two storey dwelling. We were then selected to produce a detailed design.
Unfortunately our first observation was that the barn did not have sufficient height to accommodate two storeys; hence we were immediately placed in the position of having to persuade the local authority that the roof needed to be raised - which was not an easy task.
As it was, much of the roof had already collapsed, so we were eventually successful. In point of fact, the eaves level changed by an imperceptible amount; we obtained sufficient headroom for the first floor accommodation by steepening the pitch.
The building had one unique feature: a promontory in the centre of the front elevation, joined to the main axis of the barn with radiused walls. This gave birth to the idea of inserting an octagon in the middle of the building, thus allowing the curved walls to be exhibited internally whilst producing a sensational two-storey galleried entrance as well as providing much support for the new first floor structure.