In collaboration with

Contractor: 3C Construction

Quantity Surveyor: Ed Crossley Associates

Structural Engineer: Entos Consulting

Photography: Anthony Greenwood

MILK MOON

Clients: Kim and Richard

Location: Carnkie, Cornwall

Completed: 2020

A new roof over the lower of the two barns has been raised to create a generous light filled Kitchen and dining space at the heart of the house. A plywood lined staircase located to one end of the space provides access to the upper floor bedrooms and family bathroom and acts as a counterpoint to the similarly clad bespoke kitchen opposite.

“We felt very lucky with the entire team involved in the build, KAST and 3C were an amazing team throughout.

Richard, Client

Set in a secluded glade at the end of a long gravel driveway the renovated and extended Milk Moon Barns creates a modern family home from a collection of formerly derelict farm buildings.

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Left to decay for generations, only the stone walls were suitable for retention. Where possible the old walls have been left as they were found and all new parts of the building are clad in charred black timber boarding to sensitively distinguish old from new.

A frameless glazed link creates a clear distinction between the old barn and new extension. In contrast to the vaulted kitchen and dining room, the living room has a low flat roof with large sliding doors to soak in the view. 

Internally the material palette is simple and robust with polished concrete floors, Douglas Fir roof joists and plywood joinery. 

The building is well insulated and particular attention has been paid to the air-tightness detailing. Triple glazed windows and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery ensure a comfortable and healthy internal environment. 

Where it fronts onto the original farm yard the building retains its rustic agricultural feeling while at the rear a contemporary extension connects the house with its garden.