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The Hayloft, Lavendon Mill


J Cony and D Fitzgerald

Date of Completion

February 2014



Project Brief

This Curtilage Listed barn sits within a small collection of farm buildings in the open countryside and in an area of attractive landscape.  It had been empty for many years and was desperate for a new lease of life to secure its long term future.

Project Details

The design has sensitively respected the historic fabric of the building and its environment and incorporates a new single storey extension, on the site of a former pig sty.  This additional building has been timber clad, contrasting against the existing stone building and expressing the old and new.

The living area is situated on the first floor, taking advantage of the wonderful views, with a large kitchen/dining area, utility/boot room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the ground floor.  A contemporary feel has been achieved by the extensive use of glass and timber throughout the interior and exterior of the property.


This lovely letter was received from our clients.  It was a pleasure working with them to create their ‘Forever Home’:

“The main reactions people have when they come into our new home is either  “WOW!” or stunned silence, both of which are very gratifying, because that is how we feel every day!  We absolutely love our new home – designed with us and our lifestyle very much in mind; it really is our dream home.

We firmly believe that the outcome would not have been so impressive without the vision and support of DCa.   We had a very simple brief, a home for us, our pets and our books – and the finished product is all that and so much more- our forever home – beautiful, individual, comfortable. The conversion of the barn is sympathetic and stunning at the same time.

Doing a self-build project is a daunting experience and full of pit falls for the layman.  We relied on the professionalism, knowledge and experience of DCa throughout the whole process.  Working with them gave us access to a range of advice, guidance and knowledge that helped us hugely and made the process much easier.  We really couldn’t have done it without them.

We know much more about converting and building a home now than we did at the start of the process.  One thing we remain convinced of is that we made the right decision working with DCa and if we were ever in the same position again, then we would look forward to working with them again”.

- J Cony & D Fiztgerald – March 2014

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