This is an ancient farmstead in the heart of North Devon. A truly fascinating project, on every level. Pure conservation but also practical rebuild into a family home. The skills and knowledge base for a scheme like this is not to be taken lightly, cob repair, archeology and extensive use of lime.
Lime putty and hydraulic lime, no cement on this job ANYWHERE!
Timber repair and conservation and traditional vernacular craft skills will rebuild Upcott Barton.
The history of the place is also fascinating, Gytha, King Harold’s mother owned the manor of Hertiton (now Hartland) after the Norman conquest Henry l sub divided the area and Upcott was now owned by William Fitzgerald. The area was owned by five generations of de Hortons, then by marriage it passed to the Thornes in 1500’s it attracted a tax of £10, which was the highest in the parish, so a landed estate of some value.
Post medieval, the Thornes were still in residence right up until the civil war (1642), again this was the prime ‘real estate’ in the area attracting the highest tax burden.
This site is alive with history!
The split tree is an Ash. The locals call it ‘Split tree’ !
Barns have been converted into different uses since the beginning of time. One Season cattle or stock may have been ‘wintered’ in it, the next it’s full of grain and hay. Barns offer protection from the elements in a very functional way, if ‘form follows function’; barns are the embodiment of that edict. When converting a barn think function! This idea of purity or directness is the essence of a good conversion.
Adding house value is different to adding space. Space, i.e. more square metres generally adds at least the cost of the works, but that’s just building, its not design or architecture and rarely adds value.
Defining value is pretty conceptual, but when we see something that works, we know it has value. Value is one of those intangibles, precious to some irrelevant to others, we make value choices every day, food, clothes and how and where we spend our time and money. Value can be elusive or obvious!