Hollow Brook Barn

Oakley, Buckinghamshire

Hollow Brook Barn; the flagship Barr Group conversion of a concrete framed agricultural building into a highly unique and sustainable family home.

Set in the fields on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border, in striking distance of Oxford City and the market town of Thame, Hollow Brook Barn was the perfect proposition for a whole Barr Group project. Starting with a blank sheet and limitless possibilities, the barn's owner Chris Noonan (Barr Build Construction Director) and his fiancé Kirstie Howard (an independent interior designer), with the help of architectural consultancy from KD Design, set about creating their long-term family home.

The original frame was central to the project’s architectural and interior design, with concrete posts and beams left exposed, framing the internal spaces and becoming design features in themselves, accentuated and decorated with up-lighting and indoor climbing plants. The cavernous roof height allowed for a second floor master suite as well as a statement mezzanine over the main living space, incorporating a study and lounge-bar. Extensive architectural glazing covers the entire rear face if the property, celebrating the barn’s original open-ended composition.

A stunning cobbled entrance hall leads to the ground floor bedroom suites, a home gym, snug/cinema room, boot room, utility and garage. The main open plan living space is zoned into kitchen, dining and lounging areas, carefully subdivided and curated for both functionality and ambiance – whether daytime or evening. Mixed materials of concrete, metal, timbers (from ebony-stained redwood to deep brown French oak), marble and composite stone come together to create a calm and cohesive setting.

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