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

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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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