Barn Conversions

Barn Conversion Projects | Devon

Earthouse Building Conservation Ltd has recently worked on three large barn conversions in Mid and East Devon. We specialise in traditional cob and stone barn conversions, combining sympathetic and sensitive restoration with a contemporary finish.

All three barns were very different projects to undertake, with different styles, timescales and requirements from the customer.

The Threshing Barn

A sympathetic cob barn restoration with a contemporary extension

Our first barn, in Mid Devon, took around 14 months to fully complete and is now a sophisticated holiday let. It was in a state of complete collapse when we started working on it, with no services connected. We had various challenges throughout, but the finished effect is a stunning and practical family space in the glorious Devon countryside. You can read more about the construction of this barn in our blog – The Threshing Barn.

The Threshing Barn in Mid Devon - a traditional barn conversion with a contemporary finish.

This barn was not huge, but the first phase was a near-complete rebuild of the damaged cob. The barn had fallen into dereliction and had become home to various plants and creatures. In addition to the existing barn structure, Earthouse worked on the incorporation of a space-maximising zinc and glass extension.

If you would like to hire this ‘hygge’ home as a holiday let – or just browse their stunning photos! – you can now do so Boutique Retreats – The Threshing Barn.

The Cob Barn

A large thatched cob barn annexe

Our second barn in Mid Devon is not yet complete. The customer opted to set this project up in phases. Earthouse was contracted to do the first stage, the cob enabling works. The barn is now awaiting the second phase of works.

The cob works on a thatched Earthouse barn conversion in Mid Devon.

This was an unusual project for us because we completed the cob structural works during the winter months, which is fairly unheard of for a cob building. We adapted our working processes and techniques to suit the weather conditions and to facilitate the continuous build.

The other interesting thing about this project was that we were able to source the cob on site. We dug a cob pit approximately 20m from the barn on the owner’s land, from which we were able to source and mix new cob. You can learn more about Building with Mass Cob in our blog, which features this project.

The Cider Barn

A spacious cob barn reconstruction turned family home

Our third barn in East Devon took around 16 months to complete and our customer was able to move in just a few days prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in Spring 2020.

An Earthouse barn conversion set into the Devon countryside.

This barn is cob construction with magnificent threshing barn apertures on the east and west elevations and a lean-to utility space at the back. The ceiling height threshing barn windows on both ends of the barn make for a bright and spacious abode.

Interior of an Earthouse barn conversion, featuring exposed timber and breathable lime plaster walls.

The build incorporated huge structural timber beams and used timber throughout, which was left with a natural finish. A limestone floor with underfloor heating keeps the property at a pleasant temperature throughout and allows for a country lifestyle.

Earthouse can project manage a barn conversion from planning to completion. We have established relationships with all necessary trades and can work alongside all relevant parties including architects, building control, ecological companies and any tradespeople of your choosing.

Whilst our passion is conservation and restoration of cob and stone properties, we appreciate that spaces must be liveable and enjoyable. We specialise in putting a contemporary twist on our barn conversions, through a considered approach to materials and an openness to embracing and incorporating modern design.

For an initial discussion about your project, please contact us.