The original barn was a simple, rough-hewn structure enclosing large spaces; qualities which the architect has attempted to retain as far as possible.
Door and window details use similar construction principles and were designed to be simple and cost effective and made by local craftsmen.
External doors, of iroko timber, are each set in a 75mm x 50mm galvanised-steel angle frame. Likewise, each window is a fixed, double-glazed light set in a 50mm x 40mm galvanisedsteel angle frame with structural glazing tape. The steel angle frames give a simple, virtually 'frameless' appearance and reflect the robust nature of the original structure. The angles are fixed to the stone with 35mm x 15mm iroko spacers to allow for irregularities.
Ventilation is provided by a series of top-hung iroko timber vent panels next to the fixed lights. The lights, panels and doors form a distinctive 'language' across the elevations.
Internal walls are clad with an insulated framework of treated softwood and a lining of 6mm birch ply bonded to 12mm WBP ply. Built-in fittings are made of birch ply The divider between the hall and visitors' bedroom is fitted with a pair of sliding doors; they slide out to give privacy and in when the room is not in use. A strip of glass runs above the storage and acts as a guide track to the doors.