Barn conversions for the future

OUR ETHOS - Combining TRADITIONAL techniques with the LATEST environmental products to create beautiful, ENVIRONMENTALLY sound living spaces.

Built to blend in with the countryside, we believe in using local materials and old skills mixed with the latest green technologies.

A LEARNING PROCESS

80s/90s - CUSGARNE WOLLAS - We have come a long way from the first barn Greg converted in his 20s for the family to live in. Cusgarne Wollas was a motley collection of barns used to house pigs, milk churns and a bull, when Greg needed stone, he went out to the fields a picked some from the piles he had been collecting every time he ploughed. Mostly reclaimed and built on the tightest of shoe strings, this is a lesson in the ingenuity and tenacity of a 25 year old farmer. Although he can say with authority that single thickness granite walls are really really cold.

 

00s - CUSGARNE FARM SHOP - with its reclaimed wood, solar panels, photovoltaics, back burners and cavity walling with synthetic insulation, Cusgarne Farm Shop is a fairly standard 'eco build'.

2k10s - CUSGARNE BARNS - Using PV, Biomass, solar water heating, sheep's wool and wood pulp insulation, these barns have a 10 x U value for insulation 

 

The interior walls are split. The lower half wood panelling with thick insulation and the upper half cork and lime plaster. The cork is a renewable source and provides an outlet for the Portuguese cork forests, keeping these forests viable. Also trapping carbon in buildings embeds carbon rather than using fossil fuels to make synthetic products. The ceiling has 10 inches of insulation. sourced from Ecomerchant

 

Heating was the next challenge. We are incredibly fortunate to have 4 miles of Cornish hedges, so with responsible coppicing and replanting we are able to fuel a solid wood Biomass boiler. Designed by Blue&Green, the plumbing runs through all the barns as underfloor heating.