Barn Conversion - Borrowby, Thirsk
The original features on these old listed barns date back over 300 years hence "Natural England" took a very keen interest in restoring these derelict barns back to their former glory. Only traditional methods of construction were used including traditional limes and aggregates. Absolutely no cement was used throughout the whole refurbishment.
The original crook frames and roof trusses where retained and preserved for hopefully many generations to come. The demolished walls were re-built using the reclaimed stone or new stone quarried from a local stone supplier to give an exact match. The walls which were left standing were all underpinned to give them the structural integrity they required. The roof joists and purlins were generally all replaced except where existing could be maintained. The old expired roof tiles were all replaced with a new clay pantile.
The old patchwork of concrete, mud and clay floors were excavated and replaced with new solid "Limecrete" floors.
New bi-fold doors were installed into the largest barn while every other barn had new solid boarded doors and sliding sash windows. Oak lintels were installed above most doorways and new natural Yorkstone door cills installed. A new staircase was designed and installed to give easy access to the 1st floor area.
The whole building received re-pointing to every piece of stone internally and externally including re-pointing to the old mill wheelhouse remains.
The rainwater from the new steel gutters was connected up to a large underground rainwater harvesting tank, meaning all rainwater gathered could be pumped back up into each barn and outlet through a simple tap for use of cleaning out the new home for the animals.
The final piece of this large restoration project was the use of reclaimed Yorkstone cobbles and granite sets for the hard landscaping. The final result being a fantastic driveway, excellent yard and huge patio areas for use by the owners.
Huge praise for our team in this excellent restoration project and further highlights our credentials as North Yorkshire`s leading historic building company.
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