This refurbishment of a Grade II-listed brick-and-tile barn in Farnham, Surrey, is the first part of a two-phase scheme. Eighty per cent of the barn is given over to a large reception area, ensuring that the open plan makes the most of the 4.5m internal roof height and shows off the roof beams. The curved wall round the dining room, with a study/bedroom in the mezzanine in the attic space, is the major feature of the house. The wall is not full-height so that the gallery is open over the kitchen and passes through one of the main beams. Rooflights throw sunlight around this curved wall which is given added grace by the simple geometry of the bare plaster walls, oak beams and wood floor. The contractor was Myles Hoyle and the contract sum was £40,000.