British studio Snook Architects has overhauled a dilapidated eighteenth-century barn in Yorkshire to create a modern home with chunky wooden trusses, exposed brickwork and a double-height family kitchen. Cat Hill Barn was first built as an agricultural shed, but had been abandoned for years and was on the brink of ruin after previous owners had inserted a truss structure that was too weak to support the roof, causing the outer walls to bow. Snook Architects was tasked with rebuilding the internal structure and roof of the barn, removing a floor added previously by a local architect, and transforming the space into a two-storey family home. Cat Hill Barn is the complete renovation and refurbishment of a previously dilapidated grade II listed barn in South Yorkshire. Originally built in the late 1700's as agricultural storage for the neighbouring Cat Hill Hall, the building in recent years stood neglected and was at the point of complete ruin.
Behind a dark brickwork exterior, this suburban home by British studio Snook Architects features a double-height entrance lobby, a rugged stone fireplace and a skylight that covers an entire corridor. Located in a leafy suburb outside Liverpool, the Westmorland house was designed by local firm Snook Architects as the residence for a couple in their mid 40s. The building has a concrete structure that is exposed throughout the interior, while the exterior walls are clad with a dark engineering brick, interspersed with large windows and timber panels. The entrance lobby creates a natural divide through the centre of the house. Upon entering, residents can turn left to enter the main living and dining spaces, go right to find a garage and study, or head straight upstairs. The large living room centres around a log fire, which sits between the lounge and dining areas. The walls are bare concrete, complemented by wooden furniture, stone floor tiles and a patterned rug.
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