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A-Zero converts cow shed into timber framed home

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Southwark-based A-Zero Architects has built this five-bedroom house in the shell of a cow shed near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

The house occupies two thirds of the barn’s existing slab, which was left in-situ, with the remaining third left open as a sheltered courtyard to the north of the building.

Supported by a fully internalised oak frame built inside the cow shed’s retained steel frame and two meter high retaining walls, the two-storey home is clad with locally sourced British larch.

The south-facing main living occupies the majority of the ground floor with the four main bedrooms on the first floor above. A brick wing atteched to the house contains a guest appartment.

Heating is provided from ground collectors below the field in front of the house used in combination with a ground source heat pump.

Project data

Architectural design A-ZERO architects
Contractor Philips Build
Quantity surveyor AMA Quantity surveying
Structural engineer DSA

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