red tile roof to barn behind flower meadow

Goose Barn

This Class Q Conversion transforms a dilapidated barn into a quirky holiday let near Blandford.
Location Thornicombe, Dorset
Status Built
Use Residential Class Q Barn Conversion
Client Phil Easton

Class Q permitted development allowed our client, a farmer, the opportunity to make efficient use of this small redundant building on a smallholding in North Dorset. The building had a number or previous uses including calf rearing, lambing and worming geese. There was sufficient existing structure to do a simple conversion into a compact two bedroom house. By the end of the project, only the original walls were left standing. In order to comply with building regulations, it was necessary to insulate and ventilate the building.

Barn conversion with seating on decking

A recycled residence

What makes this house unusual? It was almost entirely constructed from second hand and recycled materials.

These mostly came from demolition sites, including windows from a bungalow and sliding doors from a house upgrade. The kitchen was made from recycled pallets and the kitchen worktop was a bar counter from a pub in Dorchester. Light fittings were made from old colanders from a hotel kitchen. The corrugated iron cladding was rescued from an old barn, the decking from a site in Poole and the pergola built from a redundant fence.

black painted barn conversion in farm
Quirky living and kitchen space
side of barn with log pile wall

Extra income at a low cost

The result is a very low budget building that is exciting and full of character. Intended for family and friends to stay in, it is also used as a successful holiday let.

This barn conversion is a very good example of how an otherwise redundant building can be turned round to become an asset and new income stream for the farm.

Builder Phil Easton
Structural Engineer Thorpe Engineering
Size 80 sqm
Completion Date 2020

the dilapidated barn before conversion

rear of the barn before conversion

The original redundant barns prior to being converted into a holiday let. 

Shower room with corrugated iron sheet
Open plan interior with wooden paneling on wall