We could not resist the opportunity to interview our designer clients James and Jen when their beautiful barn came to the market. When such a unique property becomes available for sale, it’s great to know some of the history behind the property, interiors and craftmanship. Understanding how any home has worked for someone or their family can also be a vital part of the new purchaser’s decision-making process.
In an ever-changing world, this property brings a serene calm and feeling of belonging, even to those who hadn’t realised they needed it. We jumped straight in to speak to the owners of the bespoke home:
How long have you lived at the property?
We’ve lived here for approximately 4 years.
Why did you buy this house?
The view, across the Colne Valley. We love the mix of the old and the new – The converted barn retains its original charm, whilst the modern glass extension makes the most of the views across the valley. Truthfully, we weren't actually looking to move when we saw the property advertised, however after just one viewing and we knew we had no option but to buy it and make it our home.
When was the house built, do you have any historical information surrounding the property?
We think it was probably constructed sometime in the 1800’s but it was used historically as a barn to house animals, hence why it looks quite different to the other houses on the lane, which are more typical weavers style cottages. This house originally had a large barn door (now filled with glass) and windows in interesting placements – it’s a bit quirky!
Which part of the house is your favourite space and why?
The modern extension with floor to ceiling glass windows, and the garden – on a summers evening opening the sliding doors and letting the outside in. This aspect has worked well for us a couple but also since having our little boy.
What is your favourite feature within the barn?
The original wood, beams and stonework that has been retained throughout. As well as the log burner – the house is so toasty in winter! We have worked so hard as designers to ensure both the modern, and original features are married perfectly.
What will you miss the most about the house when the property sells?
The sunsets. The views across the valley. The weather changing with the seasons – It’s like an ever-changing painting! We never thought we would move from here. Let's not list the things we will miss, otherwise we will end up not leaving!! We must admit, it has been a long and well thought process to come to the decision to finally broach a new chapter in our lives.
You’ve obviously carried our renovation works over the years, what was the biggest and toughest job?
Completely remodelling the whole of the master bedroom – to make better use of the space – we wanted a boutique hotel style feel and were inspired by a trip to Barcelona. We have had endless positive feedback from friends and family about not only how beautiful this is but how unique it is. Our design background has helped us with various projects in the house, but it has taken hours, days, weeks and months to be able to achieve our perfect finish.
James, Jen & Alfie
Interviewed by Amy Wray - Founder of Applegate Properties