9th Jul 2019
In 2018, the Barr Group, harnessing its design-led ethos, melting pot of technical know-how and passions for quality and detail, produced two unique, highly specified barn conversions. Having received industry and design-world acclaim for their structural, visual and sustainable properties*, the Barr Group are delighted to announce the build of two further matchlessly chic and outstandingly sustainable barn conversions, on the Ox-Bucks border.
With full plans, specification and interior design, the Barr Group are inviting enquiries regarding the purchase of the barns. As with all Barr Group builds there is no ‘one way’ of doing things. Vendor proposals will be considered, whether for the plot with plans and permissions or for the full finished package. The essential element is that any build partner will share the Barr Group passion for design-led individuality, quality and attention to detail.
Although similar in style, the barns exhibit their own unique character, with the silhouette of each following the simple form of its previous incarnation. Barn One reflects its preceding concrete skirt and dark ribbed upper and Barn Two, completely encased in a black timber shadow gap clad, reflects its former linear external. The crisp lines of the timber-clad exteriors and provide an impressive introduction to the plot, with a roof parapet discreetly housing the photovoltaic solar panels and rainwater down piping encased in the structure.
Canopied glazed faces to the south side of each barn represent the open ends of the original structures, offering far reaching views of the surrounding agricultural landscape. Large picture windows, skylights, and high-wall glazing slits are all carefully positioned to maximise wonderful views and to bathe the internal spaces in natural light throughout the day.
Barn 1 (above) is a vaulted single storey detached residence, with floor space extending to 2852sq ft. The barn features a feature triple width glazed front entrance, leading to an impressive vaulted lobby. The property comprises of a spacious open plan kitchen/family room, with dramatic full height ceiling. The kitchen area is fitted with inset made to measure cabinetry, walking pantry and integrated appliances, offering the ultimate in culinary comfort. The west wing also houses a media room, utility room and separate WC. The east wing houses four substantial double bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom and countryside views. The master suite has a glazed south face opening onto the terrace beyond.
Barn 2 (above) is a hugely impressive two storey structure, with floor space extending across a vast 4843sq ft. It comprises of an expansive open plan kitchen living space with double height ceilings extending high into the barn's roof, creating a dramatic sense of space and light. Separate media room, gym with adjoining shower room, garaging, utility, boot room offer everything required for lux county living. The three generous ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor offer countryside views and a vast first-floor master suite with separate dressing room, bathroom and mezzanined library/lounge. The first floor is accessible both by a central staircase to the master suite and via a stone-clad ascent accessing the mezzanine above.
Marble, concrete, varied timber finishes, matt black metal and accent bronze all feature strongly in the interior schemes, coming together to create a look of lux simplicity. Bespoke cabinetry throughout, designed and made to measure by BarrJoinery and BarrKitchens, features in every space. The technical specification for the barns is both eco-friendly and cutting edge. Underfloor heating throughout is fuelled by air-source heat pumps, providing economical and environmentally responsible heating. Heat recovery and ventilation systems provide clean air throughout the properties and automated climate control enables individual room settings. The barns will be wired for installation of audio-visual and security surveillance system installation and will be equipped with electric charging points for a modern hybrid/electric car. Solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems add to the barns eco-credentials.
The barns are approached via a private driveway, which branches into private landscaped grounds surrounding each property. The fields beyond lead to a charming fishing lake and a wonderful network of country footpaths.
Situated just 6 miles from the charming market town of Thame, the barns achieve that rare balance of truly rural living within easy reach of the main hubs. Thame not only offers independent shops and restaurants aplenty but also benefits from the fast line to London (from Haddenham and Thame Parkway) with journey times of 35 minutes. Just a stone’s throw away is Oxford, arguably, the cultural and culinary heart of the South East. An education hotspot, the barns are in the catchment for an Ofsted outstanding local primary school and for the Aylesbury grammar schools, as well as offering easy access to a choice of highly rated Oxford independent schools.
To register your interest, request further information or to discuss purchasing options please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* To read more about the already completed Barr Group barn conversions click to Crinan Barn, featured in the industry flagship ‘enki’ magazine this summer and Mayfield Barn, recognised for its award-winning sustainability.