Snook Architects transformed a disused 18th Century brick barn in Yorkshire into the open and airy Cat Hill Barn home. The nearly abandoned barn was given new life with an extensive system of new support structures that reinforced the existing building. Original exposed brick throughout gives the barn a modern facelift, while a new second story expands the residents’ living space.
The original barn had seen better days, with its dilapidated roof and bowed walls not only in ruin but in danger of collapse. In order to preserve the existing building, Snook Architects replaced the caved-in roof and created a steel structural frame to support the weakened brick walls. They then inserted exposed oak trusses to strengthen the roof and create a visual that reflects the building’s former use.
A second floor addition provides more space for bedrooms and living, though the barn’s double-height was maintained in some areas. A glass walled cat walk overlooking the first floor leads to the second floor addition, which includes bedrooms and bathrooms. The ultra modern kitchen occupies the double-height space, creating a welcoming center for family gatherings.
To preserve the agrarian structure’s historical aesthetic, the architects applied similar brickwork to the additions, including a brick fireplace that faces timber-framed windows. The beautiful home combines the historic flavor of the South Yorskshire countryside with a contemporary design befitting a modern family.