About

FullSizeRender-12Welcome! My name is Katharine and I have a passion for saving neglected industrial buildings and converting them into breathtaking places to live. As I write, we are embarking upon the biggest challenge of our lives…. the transformation of a crumbling barn complex in North Yorkshire into a contemporary, happy family home. 

In this blog I shall be documenting our journey to completion step-by-step, sharing our style inspiration and what we learn along the way. I will also try to bring you gorgeous styling, new restoration techniques, and some juicy before and after images.

I’m writing this blog because as I’ve been doing my research into how to restore this space, I’ve seen very few blogs about converting industrial spaces and barns. I hope this blog becomes a unique destination for devotees of contemporary industrial and rustic style…and a source of of moral support for those who take the plunge….

 

7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello
    I was following you on IG, but quit a few months ago (too many crazy on social media, can’t handle the crazies) but I do miss post like yours, so I will check out your progress on this site! Hope all is going well on the farm.
    Lindy

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  2. Katherine, I am also converting an old barn in North Yorkshire. I have been wondering what to do about the “arrow slits”. You seem to have found a good solution. I would be grateful if you would let me know how you did it….if you could recommend someone.

    Thanks

    Robert

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    • Hi Robert

      Yes- we used a company called Touchstone Glazing who specialise on this type of opening. They use double glazed lead units which mould to the shape of the arrow slit. I am delighted with them.

      Where is your barn? Exciting times – thanks for your interest!

      Kat

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      • HI Kat Thanks for the recommendation I will look them up. Do you have a picture of the window?  did you you use any stained glass? I am converting a barn in Sutton on the Forest.  Actually it is three barns in a horseshoe around a courtyard.  When it was a farm some years ago there was a roof over the courtyard and it was known as the “fold yard” as it was a shelter for the animals in winter. I attach a few pics to show you what it was like when we found it and a jpeg of a sketchup model of it will (hopefully) look like. Whereabouts are you? Kind regards Robert

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      • Hi Robert – are you on instagram? I have up to date photos there including pics of the arrow slits there. I am restorationgirl1. I’ll have a look at your pics at home – can’t seem to see them on my mobile. You’re not too far away. We had the same layout too 😃

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  3. Kat

    Your pics look great. It has given me some ideas. I have sent some of my pics on instagram. I am at barry.robert.

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