Barn Conversion

This huge Barn was beginning to fall down and was becoming increasingly dangerous. Situated beside a beautifully renovated Bed and Breakfast house in a rural hamlet, the plan was to change part of the barn into a self-contained one-bedroom gîte, specially fitted out with enough space and a large wet room for people using wheelchairs.

The rest of the barn walls were reduced in height to provide a large partly covered courtyard, which has space for a swimming pool and gives way to tranquil views over the rolling countryside behind.

A specialist drainage study was required for this project to confirm that the existing fosse toutes eaux had the capacity to cope with the proposed extra load. This document was submitted with the Permis de Construire.

Close consultation with the local planning Architect also ensured that the barn maintained the required rural characteristics.

See The Plan: barn conversion

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I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Helen to anyone as she is very knowledgeable and up to date with local planning requirements.

During the whole process she was friendly, gave good advice, was thorough, professional and kept me informed throughout each stage from the initial drawing of the plans and submitting them to the authorities. She also accompanied me to visit the chief architect in Poitiers to translate and discuss some finer points of my renovation which resulted in a successful application.


Steve Clemo, Villeneuve 86460 Mauprevoir April 13, 2017


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