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Modern addition

Jonathan and Zahra Chambers have added a striking contemporary extension to this listed barn conversion in Hampshire
PHOTOS JAMES FRENCH

Ever since they got married, Jonathan and Zahra Chambers had always lived in new build homes. However, the couple had become frustrated by the lack of outdoor space and close proximity to neighbours that’s a common feature of many developer-built dwellings. So they decided to begin their hunt for an abode that was totally diff erent. “We were looking for a property that was the complete opposite to the house we were living in at the time,” says Jonathan. “We wanted more privacy, as well as space for parking and entertaining guests.”

Th e couple were after a family-orientated abode where they and their 10-year-old daughter could live for many years to come. “People talk about their forever home, and we knew it would just be one last leap until we managed to discover ours,” says Zahra.

Lucky find

The couple focused their search on several picturesque villages in Hampshire, not too far from where they were living, and waded through sales particulars. However, it was while Jonathan was driving to work one day that he spotted a for sale sign outside a listed barn conversion in a small Georgian town near Winchester.

“We’d only been looking around seriously for about a year at that point, and this particular area hadn’t been on our shortlist. I hadn’t thought there would be anything suitable for us that was within our price range,” he says. “It was one of those really fortuitous moments that I happened to be passing by and spot something that was just right for us. Plus, we were in a good position because our home was on the market and we already had a buyer, so were able to act quickly.”

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land