What do you do with a derelict out-building in your garden? A barn conversion could transform it into a studio, office or granny flat. But if you live in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, it could make an attractive holiday home.
Oliver Gibbs Carpentry and Joinery was commissioned to help convert an old stone Blacksmiths into a holiday home in the autumn of 2011.
The building was a dilapidated stone shell with rafters and a corrugated iron roof. It was ideal for conversion into a holiday home – being close to the client’s home with great views over the Shrewsbury hills. After planning permission was granted, work began to reconstruct the outbuilding into a one bedroom cottage with living room, kitchen and bathroom.
Oliver Gibbs was brought in initially to do the first-fix carpentry work – another local firm made and fitted the windows and doors. The carpentry work involved replacing three large purlins to support the roof. The roof was tied-in with collars and the rotten rafters and plates were replaced. An extension with timber frame and waney-edged cladding gave the building more space. A skylight and window provided light. Stud walls and doorways were built inside creating the rooms. Oliver was then asked back to finish the second fixing work, including fitting the architrave, a wooden floor and kitchen.
Barn conversions are rarely straight forward. As Oliver Gibbs explains, ‘The difficult thing about working with an old building is that nothing is straight or square. The walls may have sunk and the beams maybe twisted. So with every new timber piece you have to decide how to adjust the plans to the original structure’
However, despite working from very basic architect and structural engineer’s drawings, the first-fix carpentry work was completed successfully in about 4 weeks. The finished result is an inviting holiday cottage set in the stunning Shropshire countryside. See cottage hire page >>
For more information about our Shrewsbury carpenters, barn conversions, renovations, extensions or roofing, do contact Oliver Gibbs Carpentry and Joinery for an informal discussion or free estimate.
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