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Kevin and Nickie's barn conversion

PUBLISHED: 16:24 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 20 February 2013

The dresser is painted in F & B's 'string' and the antique French horse is a child's toy.

The dresser is painted in F & B's 'string' and the antique French horse is a child's toy.

An adjacent barn proved the perfect spot for the luxurious kitchen Kevin and Nickie waited 25 years for

For the 25 years that Kevin and Nicky had lived in their lovely old Cotswold farmhouse they had made do with a very antiquated kitchen. Victorian cabinets hung on the walls and the furniture - including the cooker - was largely free-standing which if anything made the room look even longer and narrower than it already was.


Outside - just seven feet away - stood an old barn with a rather dank and damp courtyard running lengthways between the two. Then one day the couple decided they wanted to improve life all round and one way would be to use the barn.
So they asked in architect Christopher Davis of Taynton who suggested they take down two exterior walls (of barn and house) glaze over the courtyard to form a link between the two buildings, gut the original kitchen and then turn the area into one big kitchen-living-dining area. (There is also a utility room and an upstairs office in the kitchen end) He did the drawings and aften lengthy negotiations planning was granted.


With the building work completed all the stone flagstones in the old kitchen were lifted and underfloor heating laid throughout. Then the flagstones were carefully relaid in the new kitchen-dining area and although some of them were rather worn these were carefully positioned in corners so as not to cause upsets in everyday life. The ancient patina of these flagstones just adds extra charm.


Nicky says, 'Ian Prew the builder pulled out all the stops to make sure that the project ran smoothly with the minimum of mess and disruption'


Aged oak floorboards were laid in the old kitchen which is now the family sitting room.


When the old kitchen cupboards were removed the couple found - much to their surprise - an old inglenook fireplace, probably dating back to 1765 when the house was built. There are now two luxuriously comfortable sofas placed on either side of the inglenook which now houses a woodburner. Kevin's own firm undertook a lot of the on-site carpentry and joinery and they carefully removed and modified the old kitchen cabinets, refitting them on either side of the inglenook.


"Not a wall of the barn was straight," says kitchen designer Mike Lupton of Bryce Ashton Ltd of Uffington.,"so the fixers had to build a special backing board for the freestanding dresser."


The new kitchen-dining-living area measures some 35 feet long by approx 18 feet wide while the glazed roof link which runs widthways across the centre measures some 15 ft by 7 ft and consist of a special glass that reduces heatloss and glare. The dining area is placed beneath it while the family sitting room is at the far end.


The couple chose traditional-style kitchen units which were painted on site in Farrow & Ball's "String" with worktops of flame-finished Nero Granite and their integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer plus separate freezer and microwave are all by Neff . The couple also chose a double ceramic Villeroy & Boch sink with a brushed nickel Perrin & Rowe bridge tap and a highly polished drainer so that water flows away easily.


One of Kevin and Nicky's priorities included a comfortable bed for their Great Dane Freya. Another was for an Everhot cooker as it is a very economical to run, gives out heat all day, goes into slumber mode overnight but still has an electronic control. "This means you can heat a kettle first thing in the morning on the induction hob," says Mike. "And the great thing about these hobs is that they area extremely quick to heat a kettle or saucepan but it is the saucepan or kettle that gets hot, not the hob itself so is far safer when children are around."


Two more priorities included an island unit containing deep drawers with plate stack inserts for crockery and a generous larder cupboard with open fronted drawers.


Among the many aractive details are the two Tudor arches that Mike's team built over both the Everhot cooker and the double sink to reflect a Tudor-style projecting window that can be seen through the new glazed roof.


"When I spoke to Nicky recently she told me how easy Christmas was in her lovely new kitchen; she had catered for 25 and they had all fitted into it easily," says Mike. "There was plenty of space for the food to be laid out and everyone had a wonderful time. Both Kevin and Nicky have said that their new kitchen has transformed their home and that it is the realisation of a longstanding dream."


Everything including the units, a hand made dresser, worktops, sink and taps and appliances (but not the Everhot or the flooring) came to 24,000.


SOURCE BOOK


Architect - Christopher Davis (Christopher J. Davis & Associates -01993 823646)


Builder: Ian Prew (Complete Building Services - 01608 641433)


Carpentry and Joinery: Kevin Hood (Kevin Hood Carpentry Ltd. - 01608 658550)


Kitchen designer: Mike Lupton of Bryce Ashton Limited
Uffington, Oxfordshire Tel: 01367 820895 Mobile: 07831 641636 website : www.bryceashton.co.uk


Granite from Granite Planet of Evesham - 01386 840868 www.graniteplanet.co.uk


Photography: Nick White - 01865 315150


Everhot (Dursley) - 01453 890018 www.everhot.co.uk


For the 25 years that Kevin and Nicky had lived in their lovely old Cotswold farmhouse they had made do with a very antiquated kitchen. Victorian cabinets hung on the walls and the furniture - including the cooker - was largely free-standing which if anything made the room look even longer and narrower than it already was.


Outside - just seven feet away - stood an old barn with a rather dank and damp courtyard running lengthways between the two. Then one day the couple decided they wanted to improve life all round and one way would be to use the barn.
So they asked in architect Christopher Davis of Taynton who suggested they take down two exterior walls (of barn and house) glaze over the courtyard to form a link between the two buildings, gut the original kitchen and then turn the area into one big kitchen-living-dining area. (There is also a utility room and an upstairs office in the kitchen end) He did the drawings and aften lengthy negotiations planning was granted.


With the building work completed all the stone flagstones in the old kitchen were lifted and underfloor heating laid throughout. Then the flagstones were carefully relaid in the new kitchen-dining area and although some of them were rather worn these were carefully positioned in corners so as not to cause upsets in everyday life. The ancient patina of these flagstones just adds extra charm.


Nicky says, 'Ian Prew the builder pulled out all the stops to make sure that the project ran smoothly with the minimum of mess and disruption'


Aged oak floorboards were laid in the old kitchen which is now the family sitting room.


When the old kitchen cupboards were removed the couple found - much to their surprise - an old inglenook fireplace, probably dating back to 1765 when the house was built. There are now two luxuriously comfortable sofas placed on either side of the inglenook which now houses a woodburner. Kevin's own firm undertook a lot of the on-site carpentry and joinery and they carefully removed and modified the old kitchen cabinets, refitting them on either side of the inglenook.


"Not a wall of the barn was straight," says kitchen designer Mike Lupton of Bryce Ashton Ltd of Uffington.,"so the fixers had to build a special backing board for the freestanding dresser."


The new kitchen-dining-living area measures some 35 feet long by approx 18 feet wide while the glazed roof link which runs widthways across the centre measures some 15 ft by 7 ft and consist of a special glass that reduces heatloss and glare. The dining area is placed beneath it while the family sitting room is at the far end.


The couple chose traditional-style kitchen units which were painted on site in Farrow & Ball's "String" with worktops of flame-finished Nero Granite and their integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer plus separate freezer and microwave are all by Neff . The couple also chose a double ceramic Villeroy & Boch sink with a brushed nickel Perrin & Rowe bridge tap and a highly polished drainer so that water flows away easily.


One of Kevin and Nicky's priorities included a comfortable bed for their Great Dane Freya. Another was for an Everhot cooker as it is a very economical to run, gives out heat all day, goes into slumber mode overnight but still has an electronic control. "This means you can heat a kettle first thing in the morning on the induction hob," says Mike. "And the great thing about these hobs is that they area extremely quick to heat a kettle or saucepan but it is the saucepan or kettle that gets hot, not the hob itself so is far safer when children are around."


Two more priorities included an island unit containing deep drawers with plate stack inserts for crockery and a generous larder cupboard with open fronted drawers.


Among the many aractive details are the two Tudor arches that Mike's team built over both the Everhot cooker and the double sink to reflect a Tudor-style projecting window that can be seen through the new glazed roof.


"When I spoke to Nicky recently she told me how easy Christmas was in her lovely new kitchen; she had catered for 25 and they had all fitted into it easily," says Mike. "There was plenty of space for the food to be laid out and everyone had a wonderful time. Both Kevin and Nicky have said that their new kitchen has transformed their home and that it is the realisation of a longstanding dream."


Everything including the units, a hand made dresser, worktops, sink and taps and appliances (but not the Everhot or the flooring) came to 24,000.


SOURCE BOOK


Architect - Christopher Davis (Christopher J. Davis & Associates -01993 823646)


Builder: Ian Prew (Complete Building Services - 01608 641433)


Carpentry and Joinery: Kevin Hood (Kevin Hood Carpentry Ltd. - 01608 658550)


Kitchen designer: Mike Lupton of Bryce Ashton Limited
Uffington, Oxfordshire Tel: 01367 820895 Mobile: 07831 641636 website : www.bryceashton.co.uk


Granite from Granite Planet of Evesham - 01386 840868 www.graniteplanet.co.uk


Photography: Nick White - 01865 315150


Everhot (Dursley) - 01453 890018 www.everhot.co.uk

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