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Jankes Barn

Janke's Barn is situated in a hamlet close to Wakes Colne in Essex, about 10 miles North-West of Colchester. The project comprises the refurbishment and conversion of 3 structures grouped around a courtyard. A large, late 18th century Threshing Barn sits next to an early 20th century stable block and piggery (built at the same time as a red-brick farmhouse next door). Our client is a landscape designer, and so the gardens are integral to the architecture. The courtyard will become a wild flower garden, with a more formal composition at the rear, overlooking open fields.

The aim is to make as few changes to the appearance of the existing structures as possible, both inside and out, retaining the character and atmosphere of the place. Nonetheless, the barn will become a comfortable dwelling, with modern facilities and underfloor heating, etc. Three new black metal structures will sit inside the tall barn; a wood burning stove; a kitchen worktop; and a free-standing study platform allowing you to enjoy the grand scale of the space and the intricacy of the roof structure.

A new insulated plywood lining will sit in-between the existing historical timber structure and the cladding, and the existing plinth will be lined internally with  local bricks  A new brick ground unites the internal volumes of the barn and the outbuildings. Terraces of brick setts will act as a series of extended thresholds, creating rooms in the landscape.

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