Whenever I’m interviewing people about their build or renovation projects, they often mention how they’ve found inspiration by attending homebuilding shows where they’ve come across interesting companies or new products that they might not have encountered otherwise. For all that we’re used to doing research online, there’s nothing quite having like a face-to-face conversation, or seeing a product in the flesh.
Next weekend, The Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to the SECC in Glasgow on 21 and 22 May. The show is billed as a “one-stop shop for all your needs” whether you’re undertaking a conversion or renovation project, or thinking about extending a house or indeed building from scratch. This year’s show will feature over 140 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services.
Experts will be on hand to provide free guidance and support for projects of all sizes, from home alterations to full scale self build projects, with 32 free seminars and masterclasses as well as the Ask The Architects and The Advice Centre areas. The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has very kindly offered a free of tickets to Copperline readers – to claim your free tickets you simply need to register online here. The show is open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 21 and 10am-4.30pm on Sunday 22.
So, you may be wondering, what is the connection to this amazing looking house? This contemporary barn-style home is located in Monmouthshire, and was designed and built by Martin Hall and Kelly Bednarczyk of the award-winning Chepstow practice Hall + Bednarczyk Architects. The house was featured in Homebuilding & Renovating with photographs by Simon Maxwell.
It’s hard not to feel inspired when looking at this house. Homebuilding & Renovating said this of the project: “Martin Hall and Kelly Bednarczyk’s house is, without fear of exaggeration, a truly exceptional testament to how high-quality, thoughtful design can meet well-considered, sensitive specification and result in a truly family-orientated home that is both of a human scale – the house is 240m² – and yet truly awe-inspiring… If there is one lesson you should take away from this house it is that high-quality design features needn’t be an additional cost. Good spaces can be good value and the house is full of ‘ordinary’ materials being used in extraordinary ways.”
Just last week I was interviewing someone about the challenges of finding a site to build on – notably, an affordable site. Here, Martin and Kelly bought a 1960s bungalow that was sitting on a one-acre site. Although the property was being sold as a do-er upper, the couple realised the potential to build here, and they kept the existing house as a temporary home to live in during the 11-month build project. Notably, they reorientated the new house onto an east-west axis, enabling them to enjoy better views. The couple were drawn to the “no-nonsense solidity of the barn conversion,” as Martin said in the feature, and built the new house around a steel frame structure.
I love the simple palette of materials here with natural timber finishes used internally and with extensive glazing pulling the outside in. And while the palette is ‘quiet’, there’s plenty of drama thanks to the flowing spaces and the impressive ceiling heights, particularly in the incredible double-height dining space above. And there are clever details – the chimney also incorporates an outdoor fireplace, as seen in the top photo.
With the combination of steel, stone and timber, this new house gives a gentle nod to the materials and simplicity of form you’d expect from a traditional stone-built barn, but reimagined to create an entirely contemporary family home. You’ll find more photos of this project here.
All photography by Simon Maxwell; see this house featured on Homebuilding & Renovating.
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is taking place at the SECC, Glasgow on 21 – 22 May 2016. Opening hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4.30pm. For more information call 0844 858 6754 or visit the website. Advance tickets, which can be booked until 3pm on Friday May 20, cost £8 and on the door tickets £12. Under-16s go free.
To claim your free tickets simply register here.