Rookery Barn, Hacheston


This job was a carpenters dream! Comprising –

The conversion of a barn into a three bedroom dwelling.

Structural repairs, roof and wall cladding repairs and new doors to the huge oak framed great barn

Reconstruction of a range of dilapidated outbuildings where the roofs had fallen to the ground.

The barn to be converted was in good condition and still contained the animal feeding troughs. The floor bricks were salvaged, brick and flint walls repaired, timber first floor beams retained. To achieve headroom for the first floor bedrooms, the existing pantiles and roof timbers were removed, the soft red brick external walls were raised by 600mm, then new/existing roof timber refitted, covered by the existing tiles. New windows, oak stairs, kitchen and bathroom fittings were installed.

A great feature was added, an oak framed, lean to, garden room, with three sets of patio doors and a large roof light.

Heating is provided by a ground source heat pump and a wood burning stove. A new sewage treatment plant was installed.

Due to the presence of barn owls and four species of bats, a mitigation strategy for their protection was implemented, in conjunction with a senior ecologist from Anglian Ecology.

In the courtyard formed by Rookery Barn, the great barn and the outbuildings, we constructed a large paved terrace, shingle drive/parking area and a turfed lawn. The re-built cart lodge provides shelter for two cars.

The work commenced autumn 2016 and was handed over in April 2017. Ashton Design Company were the architects and MLM the Structural Engineers.