listed farmhouse / barn conversion i / barn conversion ii / cottage refurbishment / cambridge house / coastal house / ecological house / farmhouse remodelling / artist studio / self sufficient house / elm end / the knoll A series of alterations to reorder a Suffolk farmhouse. The building was made up of the original timber-framed farmhouse, an old dairy building alongside and an unimaginative 1950s link building (including the entrance, hall and staircase) joining the two and dominating the interior. By opening up the central link, removing its very low first floor and inserting a new timber stair and bridge, we created a dramatic entrance space, flooded with natural light from roof glazing. On each side of the link, covered porches (one with a glazed roof, one with lead) provide sheltered places outside the new front and back doors, while a new oak-framed bay window brings south-west sun into the sitting room. Materials were chosen for their breathability and longevity - timber (both oak and softwood), Lincolnshire stone, brick and lime plaster predominate. The result is a house that combines the charm and comfort of an old farmhouse with the light and dramatic spaces that are more of our time.