Posted on: 27th March 2014

Introducing a contemporary timber framed extension transformed a neglected barn to a lifelong home for Chris Marshall and his family.

Chris and his wife Kim had been in search of a plot of land for some time, considering locations as far afield as South of France. Eventually they were drawn to the beauty of Dartmoor, so when they happened to come across a section of land for sale in the area, Chris couldn’t resist. Completely taken by the natural woodland and wildlife surrounding Longhorn Farm, their attention soon had to turn to the barns which had remained untouched for some time. Post-war modifications meant that the buildings had low ceilings and small windows, making the space feel dark and claustrophobic; with the vision of creating a light and welcoming home, Carpenter Oak Ltd were approached by local Ashburton based architects van Ellen + Sheryn.

“dramatic flying trusses with stainless steel tie rods… a contemporary reference to traditional agricultural, metal-roofed buildings” – van Ellen + Sheryn

The marriage of a green oak frame with plenty of glazing on all sides of the extension provided the comfortable living space desired by Chris, Kim, and their two children Dora and Rufus.