Barnitecture: Dairy House
This former dairy house in Somerset, England is one of the most stunning conversions I've seen. The compact home contains five bedrooms and one very small pool, peculiar since it sits on 850 acres of lush English countryside. It's not as if they were short on land.
The original house was built with stone and brick but the extension is what has me checking my frequent flier miles. It's built using alternating layers of reclaimed timber and glass. Light spills in from every opportunity but instead of harsh lines and shadows, the glass diffuses the light, illuminating the interior with a soft glow. It's the kind of lighting that makes everyone look good. I'm gorgeous.
One side opens up to the massive estate. The other side literally steps into the pool, and I use that term loosely. By American standards, it's more of a large tub. I probably wouldn't use it but I can definitely repurpose it into a koi pond. See, this is the point where I fantasize as if I actually live in them. Humor me and come along for the ride. Let's envisage.
There's something awe inspiring about English history, steeped in legend and myth, I'd probably play up the cliche's of what an American thinks of England. Stonehenge, King Arthur's Court, and the Sword in the Stone. The Lady of the Lake guards it. I could create a replica sword and place it squarely in the middle of my "pool." To all those that enter my abode, I am the chosen King. Please don't toss in coins. It kills the koi.
Architect: Skene Catling de la Pena
Location: Somerset, England
Cost: $668,000 U.S.
Photographer: James Morris
via Arch Daily