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Class Q approval gained for farm site, creating two stunning new homes by our Oxford Architects

26 Jul '19

The Barns

In the heart of the Aylesbury Vale countryside our client owned agricultural buildings they wished to convert into stunning, modern family homes. As the properties were not in a conservation area, or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our Oxford architects found it possible to gain Class Q approval, allowing the agricultural buildings to be converted into residential property, without too many planning constraints.


We set to work designing two homes which would be the epitome of luxurious, modern family living. Sitting side by side the proposed are identical in design. Both properties are entered through the northern elevation, the front door positioned under a covered storm porch. Once inside, residents will find themselves in an entrance hall with a ‘boot room’ like area, including built-in benches and tall cupboards for storage. Off the entrance hall is a family living room/snug and a large storage room, used to house the ‘mechanics’ of the property. Further down the hallway is a home office, cloakroom and utility room. The far end of the property is where the majority of socialising will take place, and arguably, the heart of the home. This open plan space is home to the more formal reception area, dining and kitchen, with floor to ceiling storage and kitchen units. At the far end, sliding doors open out onto the spectacular countryside view to the south of the property. With this aspect the room will get the best of the light throughout the day.


A particularly impressive design feature from the ground floor is the internal lightwell and rock garden off the entrance hall, with vaulted ceiling above. This space creates an intimate and private courtyard space within the home, filling the surrounding rooms with light and visual interest, helping to draw the outside in. This internal garden can also be viewed from the upstairs bedrooms, continuing the bright and airy feel to the property. Four double bedrooms are situated on this first floor, one with an en-suite bathroom, and then a fifth master suite with its own en-suite and walk in wardrobe, also making the most of the southern aspect.


The properties are prime examples of luxurious modern architecture with all the mod-cons you would expect in a new build of this calibre, alongside thoughtful storage areas, making them fully functional for family life. We are so excited to have gained the planning required and will keep you updated on progress.


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