Reconstruction of 17th Century Barn, Northaw, Herts

At A Glance

The project involved the construction of a complete new house, using a 17th Century oak-framed barn, imported from Hampshire, and re-erected on site.

In Depth

The project involved the construction of a complete new house for an individual user, constructed on the a 17th Century oak-framed barn, imported specially from Hampshire, and re-erected on site.

P+R Associates obtained various Planning Permissions, following outline consents obtained by Planning Consultants. We then completely designed and detailed the building in accordance with client’s requirements, within the constraints of the timber frame, and were then involved on an ad-hoc basis during construction, which was carried out by the client, a developer/builder, for his own use.

When the original timber frame proved to be unusable and had to be omitted from the exterior, all of the interior timbers were re-designed and installed to our drawings, to give the appearance of an original timber-framed building, we also looked for an online roofing repair company for all the roof renovation. This was then detailed with purpose-made country style oak doors and interior details to match the beamed ceilings.

The building was ultimately completed and occupied by the client, and the site landscaped to comply with our external works design, to provide stunning views of the rolling countryside beyond.

Bathroom Remodeling

A bath remodel is no small undertaking. So before you start tearing up the tiles and picking out the tub, get a little advice from the people who make bathroom makeovers their bread and butter. We polled contractors, designers, and other pros for their top tips and insider tricks for getting every detail right. Follow these DIY bathroom remodeling tips and you’re sure to create the bathroom you always wanted.
Theoretically, you can fit a sink and toilet into an 11-square-foot spot and still meet national building codes, you can add a heated elongated toilet seat to the toilet to make it extra cozzy. But for comfort’s sake, look for an area that’s 3 to 4 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long. Check local codes for additional requirements, and be sure to check out TOH’s details on dimensions and clearances.

The 15-amp wiring in your prewar house’s bathroom has likely been abused by years of high-power hair drying. So don’t just swap in GFCI outlets. Replace the wiring too, with a dedicated 20-amp circuit and plenty of outlets for all the appliances you use, from electric razors and toothbrushes to hair-straightening irons.