Month: November 2010

300th Post on MyBarnConversion

I've made 299 posts before this one on MyBarnConversion.com, so I thought I'd take some time out and see how I got here while writing the 300th... The first post was made on the 28th June 2006. Since I started monitoring traffic to the site on the 6th April 2007 there have been 113,473 Visits and 281,796 Pageviews from 96,717 unique visitors. The average time on site is 2 minutes and 3 seconds (that's a total of over 157 days that people have spent on this site). The 10 most popular search terms that bring people to this site are…
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Digger!

I've been itching get started on sorting out the garden and beds at both the front and back of the barn all summer. So, when we arrived at the barn last Saturday to find S digging a ditch along the drive with a digger and with the offer of starting on our garden there seemed like no time to lose. As it is dark at this time of year by 5PM, I rigged up a couple of halogen lights and we started work that evening...
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My Favourite Things ~ Stairs

We invested a lot of money in wood when converting the barn. The stairs, doors and window frames have all been pricey items. Each involved a number of decisions - hardwood or softwood, oak or pine, painted or treated, natural or stained ... Suffice to say that the decision made was rarely on the side of the cheap option. I'm happy with (but poorer because of) the results: From Barn Conversion 2010 From Barn Conversion 2010 From Barn Conversion 2010 On the last picture you can see how the ball on the top of the newel post has begun to…
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Sheeps wools insulation

I was at Rounded Developments last week for a meeting and a big bag of sheeps wool insulation was cluttering the place up. It was a cancelled order that was now looking for a home and fortunately I have a home for it. I have two 'boxing-in' projects to complete. From Barn Conversion 2010The first is around the manifold and associated gadgetry for the underfloor heating that currently hums away and looks very hi-tech under the stairs, the second is a larger project, to build a cabinet around the thermal store and all its associated gadgetry. The thermal store boxing-in…
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Pumpkin soup

I managed to grow a couple of pumpkins this year. From Barn Conversion 2010 They led me to make some soup, which in turn led me to write up the recipe, which in turn led me to write a post on a website that I all but abandoned a couple of years ago when the allure of barn conversions drew in most of my available time. Anyway, my recipe for pumpkin soup is on Mwnch, if you fancy some and have a pumpkin or two...
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Progress in Pictures – Update 2010

I was recently ferreting through my old posts re-tagging and categorising them and came across this Progress in Pictures post from summer 2008. An update seemed to be in order, so in the spirit of these posts, I'll let the pictures do the talking... Before... autumn 2007 Before (picture taken October 2007) During... summer 2008 During (picture taken August 2008) During (but nearly there)... summer 2010 From Barn Conversion 2010 During (picture taken June 2010) I think I like the look of the barn when it was unpointed and unwhite-washed as in the middle photograph ...oh well, too late now...…
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planners have a lot to answer for…

As usual, I must agree with Roger Deakin... Planners have a lot to answer for on the commons. Roof heights are all wrong now. The monster executive villas dwarf the older, vernacular language of the Suffolk houses, which all more or less had the same roof height and alignment. Planners have allowed the scale and alignment of the houses round the perimeter of the commons to go out of kilter altogether. So we have lost the graceful natural proportions of vernacular building. Roger Deakin in Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, page 113. Another quote of Roger Deakin having a moan-up…
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Green Books Campaign: The Making of the British Landscape

As part of the Eco-Libris Green Books campaign I was passed Francis Pryor's latest book to review... ’This review is part of the Green Books campaign. Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books. The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to…
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Maintain Traditions – architecture, design and the local vernacular

Consider the local vernacular. When converting or renovating you'll already have a great reference point in the building itself and others close-by of a similar age. So, in East Anglia, a wheat straw thatched roof is a appropriate choice just as are brick and flint walls in Wiltshire or a cross-over slate lintel on a house in North Wales. Of course your local planning office may have differing opinions, having decided on a local 'style' - rendered walls with stone corners for example, that is not actually in keeping with the local vernacular at all ... don't forget to pick…
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