The main objective was to keep the barn as a unified whole, with timber cladding over all the elevation. Glass was then used in large areas behind this intermittent cladding to act as a sun screen.
Unlike many barn conversions, this has exceptionally high levels of thermal performance, requiring minimal energy input from a bio-mass boiler via a large energy store. Solar gain during critical periods is maximised with high levels of south and east glazing, but tempered by an overlaying brise soliel cladding system. A sophisticated heat recovery system gathers and redistributes energy when required.
An underground garage minimises the impact of the vehicles in a rural setting and leaves the views unencumbered.
As part of the development, an outhouse building was built to provide a roof void for nesting long eared bats, which pass through the site.