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A barn reborn

Carole-Anne Cockayne and Martin Renton have transformed an old cart shed into a beautiful new home that’s tailored to their needs

Carole-Anne Cockayne and Martin Renton were keen to create a bespoke home, so they were initially a little unsure when they spotted a development of six dilapidated 19th century barns. The builder already had planning permission in place – but the couple visited the site anyway, with open minds as to what they might be able to achieve. “We wanted to do a project ourselves rather than buy something that already had a set design and price for the conversion,” says Carole-Anne. “When we met Chris Brewster from Three Oak Construction, however, we could see he had a real passion for restoring old buildings. As we’d enquired quite early on, he said we could have as much input into the design as we liked.”

Seal the deal

The hamlet of limestone barns had previously been in the ownership of the Lumley family (which holds the earldom of Scarborough). The buildings themselves form part of a conservation area and sit on a quiet lane that experiences little passing traffic.

Only one unit had been sold so far, which meant that the couple could have their pick of the rest. They were immediately drawn to the detached barn, which lay near to the entrance of the hamlet and faced south-west over the surrounding fields. “It had been the cart shed, so the front elevation was open,” says Carole-Anne. “Inside was a dirt floor decked out with bits of old farm machinery – but the roof was supported by beautiful king post trusses.”

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The October edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!