visual of large barn conversion with water feature in garden

Breach Farm

Renovation and extension of a Listed agricultural dwelling in West Chinnock
Location West Chinnock, Somerset
Status Phase 1 Planning Approved
Use Residential
Client Private

As Conservation Architects, WDA were appointed to produce a scheme to renovate and extend a collapsing Grade II Listed thatched farmhouse, which dates back to the 17th Century. The house has had a number of additions throughout the 18th,19th and 20th Centuries.



visual distant view of farm building extension

The historic cottage

Phase 1 of the project was to restore Breach Farm as a comfortable family house, while revealing and enhancing the character and fabric of the building. Our design restores the front facade of the building, by removing recent additions that are detrimental to its aesthetic and adds a gable end to replace a corrugated iron lean to-roof.

Little has been done to the interior of the house over the last century, the proposed design will restore the interior, introduce a discrete heating system and make the space more usable, with minimal impact on the historic fabric of the building.

Introducing a link between the existing house and the adjacent dairy workshop areas (next to the fireplace in the sitting room) will increase the living space with minimal impact to the cottage.

The restoration will ensure the long-term survival of the building.

visual front view of new barn with sliding glass doors leading to garden

A modern extension

Phase 2 of the project proposed to create the a new extension, linked to the original cottage in the style of a tradition barn but with a distinct modern twist. The use of stonework and timber cladding compliments the original cottage, while new soft and hard landscaping to the south and west of the barn create an attractive backdrop.

The new extension will accommodate an open plan contemporary kitchen/living space, under a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The interior will be bright and spacious as a result of the full height windows.

visual of entrance view to barn conversion and extension with timber
interior visual of living and kitchen room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams