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James Wells To Build Pool House, Home Health Spa & Home Office

James Wells has this week been given the client go-ahead on their preliminary designs for a new build Pool House and Home Spa for a site nestled in the South Downs. Refurbishing outbuildings on this site is an example of how clean modern design can breath new life into redundant yet inherently  beautiful old buildings.

Project Overview

This project, which was granted planning permission in 2016, is to convert an old stone barn, rebuild a dilapidated adjacent barn and repurpose the associated courtyard area.  The scheme reuses the original footprint of the barn and its adjoining buildings to create a new build, contemporary pool house and home spa within the structure of the lovingly rebuilt and restored original barns.  This project requires skilful architecture and interior design to repurpose the original barn structure whilst accommodating the technology and new activities of a busy, contemporary family life.

The barn complex is located directly adjacent to the current swimming pool and associated house which will be extensively refurbished as part of this project.

refurbishing redundant outbuildings

James Wells, our director was tasked with the concept design for the scheme explains,“the building will appear as a barn within the countryside restoring the historic position and massing of structures on this beautiful site”. Traditional building methods will be used in the refurbishment and erection of the two barn structures to ensure that it remains befitting of its setting.Repurposing outbuildings

Many country residences located in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire have redundant outbuildings which can be subtly repurposed to work as home offices, health spas or  workshops. Our architects enjoy the juxtaposition of highly contemporary interiors created within the original (or rebuilt) textural structure of historic buildings. This re-purposing and refurbishment work breathes new life into buildings which have often been left to crumble after their agricultural life has ended.  Stables, Coach Houses, Barns and Store Rooms are all ripe for repurposing.

James Wells Architects has previously worked with the same client on repurposing a former Coach House and Stables to create a new workshop and artist’s studio on the same site.

Once again the team will be working with Richard Nicholls of Nicholls Countryside Construction on realising the new scheme.

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