Snape Farm Barns is a conversion of existing 1890 brick barns, to form seven new residential units. These are made up of six units with a u-shaped configuration and one stand-alone detached barn. These rustic barns have the benefit of looking out over the Cheshire countryside and are peacefully set beside a large natural pond. The scheme also includes the replacement of agricultural buildings, to form seven new accompanying garages.
As the barns are in greenbelt, it was important to work within the parameters of the envelope of the existing building, so as not to have any impact on the openness of the greenbelt.
The principle of the design was to use the existing openings where possible and timber cladding, to compliment and modernise the feel of the old barns.
The introduction of conservation rooflights, double height spaces and exposed historic timber trusses, aims to transform these redundant agricultural barns into new homes, with strong links to the countryside the buildings sit in.
NC Architecture’s experience of working in greenbelt and with sensitive ecological sites, made us the practice of choice for Snape Farm Barns, as they are set in an established and overgrown site within the greenbelt.
We used our years of experience to carefully and successfully manage, amongst other challenges, established trees, nesting barn owls and bats.