26 Helen and Mark Boston were desperate to move back to the family farm after a few years of living away. Speaking about the decision and initial concept of the project, Helen said: “Mark and I wanted to move back to Newby for many reasons, but namely to help with the succession plan of the family farm. It was important for us to be on site but also to create our own home that we could really call our own.” Plans were drawn up for the conversion but they weren’t entirely happy with them; as a Planning Consultant, Helen knew the constraints of the structure and design boundaries, but wanted the finished product to be more exciting and modern. They asked Hunter Hardy, Partner and Head of Architecture at George F. White, to take a look. Speaking about his first impressions of the project and the challenges that he faced, Hunter said: “A building like this is very exciting, there’s so much design potential, enabling us to create sleek, modern living whilst being sympathetic to the fabric of the building. When the Bostons approached me, I was extremely excited, however, the constraints of the listing meant that we had to tweak the initial brief slightly.” Grade II listed buildings are the most common, making up 92 percent of all listed buildings, however, just because it’s the most common form of listing doesn’t mean that it makes it any easier to gain consent to change or add to it. When a building is listed, everything is listed, and can include any objects and structures inside. Hunter and his team looked at turning the barn into an upside down house, putting the living accommodation on the first floor, using the existing opening and the ancillary accommodation, bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor. “When working with a listed property, you must research and consider its history, understanding its uses over the years and any planning issues that may arise; the last thing you want to do is to make decisions that could end up devaluing the property. It’s very important to us that we follow a project through to the very end, ensuring, once planning consent has been granted, that all contractors and work that’s carried out is in line with the original plans, and that we’re on hand should any alterations need to be made.” Hunter continued. The Bostons were over the moon with the plans for their new home; they were much more inspiring and it opened their eyes to thinking outside the box. Hunter worked alongside the George F. White planning team to submit the proposal to Hambleton District Council who gladly accepted and granted planning permission without any alterations. Their dream is now a reality and they’re living in their beautiful home, and what a home it is! With the help of Hunter, the couple have enhanced the barns existing features, marrying it to modern, but sympathetic interior design. ▪ RESTORATION, RENOVATION, RECREATION The Barn at Newby Grange is a sleek Grade II Listed barn conversion in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. Up until two years ago, the building was utilised as agricultural storage… thanks to some imagination, and of course our planning, architectural and development team here at George F. White, the barn is now an enviable modern living space with accents of luxury amongst the traditional character.