Merging old and new, Cat Hill Barn in Sheffield, England, is a striking conversion of a 16th-century barn. Snook Architects successfully achieved a design where contemporary living needs are met within a timeless building in the hills of Yorkshire.

“Despite a difficult process with the local planning officer, Snook won planning permission on appeal,” the architects said. “Key in winning the support of the appeal officer was the restrained aesthetic of the scheme, which deliberately avoided being too domestic in appearance.”

“The design delivered a flowing open-plan internal space that avoids compartmentalization and opens up to reveal the splendor and scale of the original barn and its trusses,” they said.

Beautiful details preserved from the historic building enrich the interiors. Exposed wooden beams and a stone fireplace wall in the living room contrast with the concrete flooring. This array of materials and textures give the home a dynamic feel.

Comfort plays a key role in this renovation. And the highly modern kitchen and game room prove that this 16th-century barn-turned-contemporary retreat is not only functional, but also fun. [Photography by Andy Haslam]