Cleeve Barn

A timber barn extension in Somerset

These buildings in Somerset were former farm courtyard buildings, traditionally used as part of the farm activities. They were given a new lease of life through a series of subtle contemporary enhancements, mixing natural timber with glass to create a timber barn extension design.  


Charlie O'Beirne

Tonic Architecture

Stonewood Builders



The timber barn extension was historically neglected, and required intervention to modernise the spaces, connecting them effectively to each other, the farm building and the outdoors. Now, the timber barn extension spaces are able to be used everyday as well as for special occasions, gatherings and guests.  

Exposed timber was an important part of the exterior and interior design. Natural timber is brought to the forefront of the design through the use of exposed timber structures between each of the windows and doors. This timber structure is mirrored throughout each building.  

The simple palette of natural materials throughout the barn extension helps to bring each of the spaces together into one unifying theme. The narrow barn buildings mirror the glass and timber design on each elevation, creating views through the barn buildings and connecting each internal and external space.  

Natural materials such as the exposed timber details ensure that the spaces are warm and rich in texture and colour.  

The attention to detail throughout the timber barn extension is impressive, allowing the timber and timber connections to become part of the whole rather than stand out elements. Interior timber rafters, internal cills and the timber posts to the exterior elevations create a sense of connection between all spaces, allowing the interiors to flow together to create a generous sense of space.  

Throughout the timber barn extension, the exposed and rustic oak structures are paired with lightweight metal finishes and crisp white plaster. This combination of textures and colours was created to recognise the rustic past of the buildings whilst bringing the spaces to a modern finish.  

If you are considering your own timber barn extension, speak to the team at Avino about your timber finishes.