THE OAK FRAMED HOUSE 3 YEARS ON
The best bit about the barn, for me, is the way the large amount of windows/doors on ground floor allows you to see the outside world form every point. The oak framed house sits in the middle of the plot and so these nice views wrap all around it. In the summer, all the doors are open and in the winter, with doors shut and wood burner on you feel as if you are surrounded by all the leaves blowing about or the garden covered in snow- whilst remaining all warm and toasty inside. It is an uplifting space in the darker winter months. The most used room is the kitchen family room, where everyone crowds into- despite having a large lounge and entrance hall. There are seven sofas in the house but everyone sits on the low window cills in the kitchen/family room- something to remember for the next design!
I love the hard working slate floor, with a muddy Labrador and many visitors we can just mop it over and away we go again. The conservation grade windows over each lavatory in each en suite/bathroom please me and work well too, you don't need any curtains or patterned glass for privacy and you can lie in the bath and see the stars at night. I can honestly say that there is little I would change on this design in this plot. On the other hand, a green oak barn is based on natural materials that move - over time- so there is a maintenance regime that still applies to my barn after three years and, I suspect, for a few more years to come whilst everything settles down.