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Modernist transformation

Heather Nevay had a clear vision for how this derelict barn could be transformed into her perfect home; and her partner, John Burke, knew exactly how to make it work

THE NEVAY & BURKE FILE

NAMES Heather Nevay & John Burke

OCCUPATIONS Artist & engineer

LOCATION Tighnabruaich, Argyll

TYPE OF BUILD Conversion & extension of a cow byre

STYLE Contemporary

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Timber frame, blockwork and steel frame

PLOT SIZE 1.5 acres

LAND COST £94,000

BOUGHT 2003

HOUSE SIZE 290m²

PROJECT COST £261,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £900

TOTAL COST £355,000

VAT RECLAIM £19,000

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED 2007

BUILDING WORK TOOK Seven years

The cow byre prior to conversion. The couple have added a side extension and revised the internal volume to create sufficient height to incorporate an upper storey – whilst preserving many original features
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About Build It

The February edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • A run-down barn transformed in to a stunning contemporary home (page 22) • A beginners guide to self build (page 62) • 8 hot ideas for stoves & fires (page 69) • Create your ideal kitchen with our in-depth guide (page 74) • Get room sizes right (page 96) … and more!