This gorgeous, light-filled barn home in Suffolk can be yours for $1.26M

February 27, 2018 by  
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London-based firm Buckley Gray Yeoman breathed new life into an old Victorian barn by transforming it into a stunningly sophisticated home. The renovated barn, which is currently on the market for $1.26M , features floor-to-ceiling glazing, exposed wooden beams, and other design elements that pay homage to the building’s history. The barn is located on two and a half acres in a small Suffolk village, jut two hours outside of London. The project began with a large decrepit barn and an adjacent cart shed, which had been left abandoned for years. Related: Decrepit farm buildings reborn into modern energy-efficient home in Suffolk Although the barn was in very bad shape at the start of the project, the architects sought to maintain the structure’s rural character throughout the renovation . “We sought out to respect the industrial heritage of the building whilst also providing a contemporary house,” explained Buckley Gray Yeoman lead architect, Richard Buckley. “The combination of old and new was brought together through careful planning.” This effort to combine old and new resulted in a gorgeous home that marries the very best of contemporary living with a strong rustic vibe. The home’s wooden facade was restored and painted black to give it a modern look. The original brick base was also restored to its original state. The main living area was extended vertically to create a loft-like double-height space. Floor-to-ceiling glazed walls flood the interior with natural light and add a sense of wellness throughout the home. Three bedrooms are located on the ground floor, along with a study and a utility room. The upper floor features a master bedroom and an ensuite bathroom. The barn’s existing wooden beams were left exposed to strike a contrast with the glass partitions that designate the interior spaces. The old cart shed next to the home was also renovated into a two-story living space, with a large solar array on the roof. The compact structure houses a workshop and garage on the first level, while the upper level serves as a guest home with a large bedroom, bathroom and living space. The landscape architecture around the property was maintained in the original style and layout. A landscaped, walled-in garden was brought back to life in front of the house, while the rest of the property was left in a natural, wild state. + Buckley Gray Yeoman Via Dwell Images via The Modern House

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China will make EV manufacturers responsible for battery recycling

February 27, 2018 by  
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Electric automakers in China now have an added task beyond just manufacturing vehicles: dealing with batteries. Reuters said the country’s industry ministry put out interim rules this week holding electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers responsible for creating facilities for collecting and recycling spent batteries in an effort to address waste . Lithium battery waste could reach up to 170,000 metric tons in 2018, and China’s government is hurrying to improve recycling capabilities, according to Reuters, as the waste threatens to become a mounting pollution source. The new rules say carmakers must recover EV batteries, and set up service outlets to gather and store the devices, and transfer them to specialist recyclers. Related: Hong Kong faces ‘growing mountain of waste’ in wake of China’s trash ban The ministry also said these EV companies must establish what Reuters described as a maintenance service network enabling people to either repair or exchange old batteries easily. The notice said companies should adopt measures inciting good practices among customers, like battery repurchase pacts or subsidies. EV carmakers — with battery manufacturers and sales units — also have to erect a traceability system to identify owners of batteries that were discarded. Battery makers also have another responsibility under the new rules: providing technical training for automakers to dismantle and store old batteries. They’re encouraged as well to adopt standardized designs for batteries that can be easily taken apart. China began promoting electric vehicles just under a decade ago, in 2009, according to Reuters, and aim to be a leading producer for the world. The industry could help the country restrain emissions from cars, promote technology industries, and boost energy security . How will these rules impact the EV industry in China? The answers remain to be seen — and time will tell if the new rules do indeed curb waste. Via Reuters Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

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Beautiful cow barn in Basel is made of tree branches topped with a grassy roof

September 15, 2017 by  
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Swiss architects Forschungs + Architekturbüro AG have made some lucky cows very happy with a stunning new barn outside of Basel. The architects used natural materials from the surrounding area to create the light-filled structure. The walls are made from tree trunks and long sticks, while the roof is covered with a thick carpet of green grass. The 2,000-square-meter cow barn is built on a sloped hillside that made construction a bit challenging. The architects decided to make the shape of the barn mimic the surrounding topography, embedding it into the landscape. Related: Architects transform an old hay barn into a stunning minimalist home The tree trunks and large sticks that make up the structure’s walls are embedded in a rectangular concrete base. This design strategy has many benefits – the materials could be sourced locally, and the walls let natural light into structure, creating a healthy environment for the beauteous bovines. An elongated green roof further fuses the design into the lush, grassy landscape. Two large vertical milk silos jut out from the structure, giving a bold nod to the building’s industrial purpose. + Forschungs + Architekturbüro AG Via Archdaily Photography by Christian Baur and Serge Hasenböhler

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Architects transform an old hay barn into a stunning minimalist home

February 28, 2017 by  
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OFIS Architects have converted an old hay barn in Slovenia into a gorgeous living space. The barn was originally used to house cattle on the first floor and store hay on the upper level, but had been left empty for years. To convert the space into a comfortable loft space without sacrificing the building’s local vernacular, the architects were determined to use as much as the existing structure as possible. The Slovenian countryside is full of decrepit barns that serve as symbols of the country’s rural lifestyle. To pay respects to the local vernacular, the architects made impressive strides to use what they could of the barn’s original materials . Related: Architects transform 18th century barn with seamless contemporary extension Surprisingly, the renovation team was able to maintain almost all of the external wooden cladding and concrete roof slates. A few strategic renovations were made to include windows and an opening for the front porch to let in natural light to the home, and a ramp that previously led animals into the barn was also fixed to serve the same purpose for the new, human inhabitant. https://youtu.be/cBDAeyO7WC0 Inside, the home has an open floor plan with minimal furnishings and exposed wooden beams. The interior floors, walls and furniture are covered in locally-sourced spruce panels, resulting in a homey cabin feel. The open living and dining area make up the main volume, and a raised bedroom was installed in the back. The kitchen, sauna, fireplace and bathroom are all strategically placed out of sight behind a wall of sliding vertical planks to further open the living space. + OFIS Architects Via Ambienti TV Photography by Tomaž Gregori?

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A charming California barn renovated to endure natural disasters

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Crusty old barn in Switzerland is transformed into a modern solar-powered home

November 16, 2015 by  
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Mysterious blood-red rain in Spain leaves researchers scratching their heads

November 16, 2015 by  
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The rain in Spain was blood-red last year, at least in certain regions. Residents were disturbed to find crimson water pouring from the sky in the province of Zamora and, as of today, science can only partially explain why. Geologists have identified what made the rain red, but are still uncertain why it hit this particular region. Read the rest of Mysterious blood-red rain in Spain leaves researchers scratching their heads

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The UK’s Wood Awards winners demonstrate the beauty and sustainability of wood

November 16, 2015 by  
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The Adapted Ochre Barn is a Modernist Retreat with an Open Floor Plan in Norfolk

September 19, 2012 by  
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The long, low brick barn had long since fallen into disrepair when Carl Turner and Mary Martin snatched the farm up. They wanted to create a simple getaway that spoke to the essence of the farm and the barn. They treated the Ochre Barn as though it were a listed building and worked hard to maintain the original exterior. On the inside they shored up the structure, added new beams and supports which created an intriguing engineered ceiling. Turner and Martin were inspired by the farm’s original functions and enjoyed the look of hay bales inside the barn itself. To recreate that look, they built furniture, walls and independent pods from Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The OSB has similar colorings and look of hay without the associated allergies. The open floor plan space provides room for their own retreat, studio space and private residential accommodation. Adjacent to the Ochre Barn is the Stealth Barn , which was also designed by Turner on top of an old foundation and serves as a guest cottage and rental. + Carl Turner Architects Via Co.Design and Dwell Images ©Damian Russell

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Reclaimed Materials From A Missouri Barn Becomes Dynamic Design Event Space

February 21, 2011 by  
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