200 Year Old Barn
In Suffolk, retired GP Peter Kilner is preparing to take on a restoration project of epic proportions. Peter currently lives in and owns a beautiful 18th century cottage which he’s spent 3 years lovingly restoring all by himself, turning it from a run-down empty shell of a building into a charming and picturesque family home; but Peter has always had his eye on the adjacent Grade 11 derelict and deserted old timber barn which came with the cottage, and now he’s planning to turn those dreams into a reality.
Peter is endeavouring to hire master craftsmen to rebuild the crumbling flint stone walls while expert roofers replace and rebuild rotting wood work, crumbling timbers and 6000 slate tiles to make the entire barn water tight. Whilst trying to faithfully maintain the barn’s historical structure, Peter will be aiming to create a modern, contemporary feel within this large beautiful frame. Peter will also be mixing old and new by introducing industrial features and elements such as a hand crafted, labour intensive, wood and metal balustrade . It certainly won’t be straightforward and Peter will find out that doing things by yourself isn’t always the easier option.
Will Peter’s budget of £450,000 keep the build on track and more importantly will he be able to complete this project within a year?