Location: Normandy
Date: 2022

Chyfields began as a stable on our client’s land. They wanted us to convert the barn into a granny annexe for their parents, keeping them close to the family while still giving them their own space and independence. The barn was a little old and run-down; it needed an entire transformation to turn it into a liveable, fit-for-purpose home.

Because of the nature of the project, we had certain planning restrictions to work within. To bring the stable conversion to life, we had to work with its existing framework and keep some features, while incorporating the client’s design ideas.

From run-down barn to spacious bungalow.

This property needed everything – from insulation to heating, and from glazing to a bathroom. The design process was a three-way collaboration. Heronlake worked with the couple who’d be living in the house, as well as their daughter and her husband. To pull everything together, we incorporated the client’s existing furniture and design goals with our recommendations.

We built new systems throughout (gas, heating and electrical) with underfloor heating that’s run by a heat pump, a renewable source of energy. Outside, our green-fingered clients wanted their own separate patch of garden to look after. We built paths and a patio, and they did most of the soft gardening to start their new outdoor space.

To properly appreciate the nature around them, the client requested lots of glazing, including bi-fold doors. This worked well with the original barn design, which had doors throughout. We had to keep the original openings and the result was lots of large windows and ample light.

Stand-out features of Chyfields.

The most impressive aspect of Chyfields has to be the transformation as a whole and the feel you now get when you walk into the property. The place is made up of small passageways but still feels open, and the vaulted ceilings create a feeling of height that’s rare in a bungalow.

The original barn elements and wooden features give this home its individuality. We especially love the natural light, and the concrete hearth that was custom-built by us for a cosy, homely feel.