Our friends at Nancarrow farm and wedding venue asked us to craft an oak frame for their barn conversion designed by local architect, Matt Robinson. Previously we were involved with the renovation of Nancarrow’s large barn into a green oak framed events space, as well as creating oak timber frame gates for their entrance (and repairing them when someone drove into them!). This time round the conversion was a former chicken shed into a light filled bridal suite for soon to be brides.
Following on the renovation of the large barn the design for the old chicken shed was sympathetic to the agricultural origins of the building. Our oak timber frame and glazing reflects this rustic simplicity through the use of uncleaned green oak, a glazed gable end, and down braces.
A barn conversion can maximise your existing space and it is a great chance to play with the architecture of the internal space whilst keeping the overall character of your property. Barn conversions often have to keep the original character of the building, so a timber frame is an excellent way of doing this because of the long tradition of timber framed barns. The possibilities of converting your barn with a timber frame really are endless and they can range from a striking traditional frame with a vaulted roof, to a more contemporary looking one combined with steel. You could take influence from the style of traditional barns local to you. This local vernacular can be shown in your frame through the roof trusses you choose to use as traditionally these varied through different regions.
Barns can be thought of as dark places, but timber frames can be made with applied glazing which gives you frameless windows. When using timber frame glazing there are many options available to you which can offer solutions to getting day light into your barn conversion. Roofs are often a key feature to a barn and there can be restrictions on how much they aesthetically can be changed. However, these restrictions do not mean a dark space as with timber frame glazing walls and gable ends can be glazed, as seen in the bridal suite, giving you lots of light and character.
Our bespoke timber frames can add originality and character to your business space. We have worked with numerous local companies such as Rick Stein's pub The Cornish Arms, Duchy of Cornwall nursery, and King Edward Mine. We tailor our frames around the business, for instance when working with Ed Stein to design the oak dining hall for the Cornish Arms acoustics were an important element to consider. One of the reasons they chose an oak frame was because there are so many different elements and surfaces in the frame it breaks the sound up.
If you are considering a timber frame for your commercial project contact us as early as possible to see how our frame design could enhance your space