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Chelsfield Barn Conversion

Gazey Architects were commissioned to undertake the conversion of this 170sqm oak framed barn in Chelsfield, Orpington.

The brief was to create a large family dwelling in addition to a subdivided ground floor archive storage facility.

The idea is to retain the existing central axis formed by two original glazed dormer openings (with full height glazing) as both entrances and sources of natural daylight.

The concept is to sensitively modify the existing barn structure while enhancing the deep and poorly-lit internal spaces by creating larger external openings in the form of new window openings, full width bi-fold door openings and glazed rooflights.

The scheme design includes locating the private living spaces in an open-plan arrangement on the mezzanine level to provide much needed privacy from the working equestrian centre while enjoying the double height nature of this interesting structure.

The inset roof terraces are a sensitive reduction from the existing roof structure to provide the mezzanine living areas with private external space while strengthening the relationship between the barn and the surrounding landscape. These roof terraces will overlook the horse riding arena and provide an oblique view of the distant London skyline.

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