Oak Holiday Barn

Oak Holiday Barn

Newick, East Sussex

A new highly-specified 2-bedroom holiday barn with magnificent living space borne from a disaster on site!

Originally a scheme to convert existing farm buildings, Dwell were invited to tackle this project following the unfortunate collapse of the existing buildings during construction.  As a result of this event, the Local Authority withdrew the existing planning consent which stipulated ‘conversion’ rather than a new-build building, leaving the client in quite a pickle!

Picking up where others left off, and with construction of the new concrete floor slab already complete, Dwell reviewed the existing drawings and consent and found that options were available to not only improve the layout and spaces within the building, but also to create an additional bedroom purely by rationalising the design.  A re-design, adopting the original envelope with a series of modest tweaks to the external appearance was submitted to the Local Authority, Lewes District Council as minor amendments to reinstatement of the original consent, and were approved by negotiation with the Council.

The building now makes the best use of its fantastic rural plot with full-height glazed gable end overlooking the adjacent fields and woodland.  By rationalising the accommodation internally, bedrooms were all located to one end of the building, providing a fantastic mezzanine overlooking the living and dining room which benefit from lofty double-height space and visible oakwork.  Construction was simplified and made more economical by aligning the kitchen and both bathrooms to share a single drain run, meaning that services no longer had to be distributed across the building.

A luxurious rural retreat from which to visit and enjoy Sussex’s many attractions – it’s proving popular with visitors being fully-booked almost year-round!

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Oak framing: Oakmasters, Haywards Heath

Windows and Doors: Darrell Ward Joinery, Burgess Hill