Successfully converting old farmhouses (stone barns, stables, manors, and piggeries alike), requires both the sympathy for historic details and the drive to innovate. Here are nine architects who have done it well.
David Nossiter Architects in Suffolk Above: Architect David Nossiter converted a 19th-century barn in Suffolk renovating windows, floors, and layout within the original structure. The house is listed for sale at The Modern House. Above: Moments in the design showcase contrasting old and new details. AR Design Studio in Hampshire Above: Architect Andy Ramus of AR Design Studio renovated a manor house in Hampshire that had fallen into disrepair. From Manor House Stables, A Champion’s Home Reborn. Above: The architects converted the interior into a three-bedroom house using the elements of the original stable for added character. Rural Office for Architecture in Norfolk Above: Rural Office for Architecture, a member of the Remodelista Architecture/Design Directory, reworked an existing tithe barn in Norfolk, England, as a house for landscape designer Emily Erlam. From A Rural Remodel in Norfolk, Tithe Barn and Piggery Included. Above: An inner courtyard was created by connecting the two separate buildings (the piggery and the tithe barn) and outer flint walls were retained with a new portal structure to support a new zinc roof. Tom Givone in Upstate New York Above: Architectural designer Tom Givone renovated an 1820 farmhouse in the Catskills of New York adding modern details. See more at The Country Rental: A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York. Above: Givone installed skyscraper glass windows to mirror the shape of the original farmhouse. LSL Architects in Provence Above: LSL Architects refurbished an 18th-century farmhouse in Provence over several years with a new connecting addition between the two original buildings. Photograph from The New Provencal Style: An Artfully Reinvented French Mas. Above: The firm added new windows and cedar slats to the facade. Septembre Architecture in the Loire Valley Above: Septembre Architects converted an old farm in the Loire Valley into a modern summer home from A Stone Farmhouse in France Gets an Artful Update from a Paris Firm. Above: The original construction wood ceiling lintels contrast with new concrete floors. Jonathan Tuckey in Bath Above: Architects Jonathan Tuckey renovated the Providence Chapel (a Grade II–listed 1867 derelict structure) in Colerne, England, near Bath for designer Niki Turner. Shown here is the new extension Tuckey built to connect to the old. Photograph from Divine Intervention: The Providence Chapel in Wilshire. Above: A glass-walled connecting hallway between the two buildings. Bruno Erpicum in Belgium Above: In one of our all-time favorite projects, Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum transformed the stone outbuilding of a country farmhouse with steel sheets and a glass-enclosed living room. From Architect Visit: Bruno Erpicum & Partners in Belgium. Above: Single-pane glass windows set into the original brick and stone. ADR Architects in the Czech Republic Above: A series of farm buildings in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic was converted into a modern distillery by architects ADR. Here one of the original barn structures fades into the new extension; a new black shingle roof runs along both. Above: A modern steel staircase inside one of the structures on the farm.
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