A striking curved walkway cuts through the middle of this beautiful old barn home, dropping a spiral staircase along its way into the center of an otherwise linear space.
With over a century of experience and studios in Surrey and Switzerland, Stedman Blower Architects has a good deal of experience with regional and historic farm architecture – in particular, big barns in need of tasteful conversion for use as homes.
Exposed wooden beams and rafters overhead as well as old wood columns can be found manifesting in different ways throughout various rooms, offset and enhanced via simple decor and white paint.
Their approach, put simply, is to preserve as much as possible of the structure, then work with the wide-open interior volumes to build out something new, different, but ultimately also comfortable to live in.
This particular home is on an old estate in Surrey, England, with a 25-foot central space and sides that are subdivided to create homey bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining room spaces, all showing elements of the existing structure in their various ways.