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Tucked away in the beautiful West Sussex countryside is this incredible barn. Over six hundred years old, the building had previously been updated in parts over the centuries, but nothing like the complete makeover it has had now. It has been lovingly restored from top to bottom into a superb family home and separate cottage.
The new owners wanted to make the barn more sustainable and efficient. Due to years of the building not being breathable the wonderful timber frame had become damaged. The inappropriate cement render was falling off, so after much research it was decided to replace the wall panels with hempcrete which is carbon negative, thermally efficient and breathable whilst retaining the property’s rustic appearance. As far as possible traditional, locally-sourced products were used such as heritage tiles, genuine steel windows, lime plaster, oakum and natural paints.
As the barn is Grade II listed it was vital that the new windows and doors matched the original metal fenestration. Clement SMW steel windows and Clement W20 steel doors were chosen. SMW steel windows are the perfect choice for heritage projects like this and W20 sections were right for the new French doors.
The single glazed leaded glass was supplied locally by Silver Stained Glass, with the exception of where double glazing was required. For these situations Clement provided krypton filled glass units with 12mm leads. Beautiful pear drop hinges were crafted to look just like the originals and painted to match the windows and doors in RAL 9005 Jet Black (semi-gloss) polyester powder paint.
The client said: “We love how the Clement windows have helped bring our old barn back to life! They look so in keeping with the historic building, but are contemporary enough to allow modern living. The quality feels great, and we can’t wait to throw them open in the Spring!”
Site: Private Residence, West Sussex
Specification: Clement SMW suite of steel windows and W20 steel doors.
Colour: RAL 9005 Jet Black (semi-gloss).
Furniture: Brook handles in dark bronze finish and matching peg stays for the SMW steel windows.
Chelsea handles in imperial bronze unlacquered finish for the W20 steel doors.
Clement bespoke SMW steel windows and W20 steel doors are manufactured from hot rolled steel window and door profiles generally in compliance with BS 6510 Revision 10 Nov 2020 which are produced from 98% recycled steel source material. Hot dip zinc galvanised to EN ISO BS:1461 and with a polyester powder coat paint finish to BS:6497 2005 EN 13438 2018.