About a mile away from our warehouse, along the lower stoke road, one of our customers is currently in the process of renovating a couple of old barns. The project started around two years ago, with the initial phase being to stabilise and weather proof the main barn, with the plan to then complete the smaller barn to ultimately fund the main project.
From time to time I have popped in to watch the progress of the project. It cannot be overstated the level of complexity and sheer hard work involved in such a bespoke undertaking. With a standard modern build, the system and sequence of build are well understood. However, when it comes to renovating and developing what is essentially a museum piece, the workload and complexity is truly challenging.
I have known the couple that are managing this project for a number of years, and to be honest, their level of determination and boundless energy makes me feel a little lazy in comparison.[gallery]
I had a morning with Brian in the early spring of this year, when the first barn was nearing completion. With all these projects on the go, energy, time and finance were running in short supply and i’m sure that Brian would readily admit he was a man on the edge.
Last weekend, I decided to take the short walk over to the barns just to see how things had progressed, and my word the finished project looks amazing. With every builder, I know they can generally turn their hand to most disciplines, but they always have one skill that they excel in. With Brian, his specialization is in carpentry and joinery, and this shows- the combination of perfectly manufactured windows, doors and staircases alongside beautifully restored original timbers is truly breathtaking.
Below I have put together some images taken from the interior of the barn. You will notice one of the old timber joints features a roman numeral carved into the beam. This would have been used for when the original barn had been constructed off site then transported and assembled. With this particular project, the product supplied by us was our range of Pear Window Hardware. When the main barn gets underway, hopefully we should be in a position to supply a lot of the more traditional hand forged ironmongery.