Phase 1 has begun. Welcome to post-apocalypse Yorkshire…….

Restoration Girl| Demolition of Farm Buildings

In the spring, we began the full deconstruction of the concrete floors and some of the obsolete steel farm buildings. The last time I saw that many eager men gathered around a collection of impressive kit was on my hen-do.   There was every manner of bashing, crushing, hammering and wrecking challenges for our demolition friends and the destruction was TOTAL.

It’s now even harder to imagine this as a family home but- as they say- you have to break eggs to make an omelette. Or scrambled eggs.

The old steel farm buildings – real eyesores – they’re gone too. It’s inspiring to see some of the old stone elevations for the first time in probably decades. The floors are now out of the barns and ready for lovely new concrete beds.   The vast spoil tips can be seen from space, but Houston, we’ve now commenced our mission.

Restoration Girl| Spoil hill
Close up of Spoil hill and Daughter Number 1

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed watching “Armageddon”.

Until next time……. Kat xxx


A grand design

Welcome!  My name is Katharine and I have a passion for the quirks, twerks, madness and creativity involved in the restoration of neglected buildings into characterful (and beautiful) 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 and happy family home.  Here she is in her dilapidated glory…

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.  But before any of that, let’s start at the beginning.

In the beginning….

…we announced that one day we will own a farm (we were 18) and we’ve been drifting in that direction ever since.  The “dream” is a 260-acre arable and stock farm in a picturesque spot in North Yorkshire. It possesses a kind of forlorn, northern beauty reminiscent of Brontë novels, and is now patiently waiting to be loved again.  Like many of these ancient farms, it has a rich family history going back 400 years and you can glimpse this history in its fabric – inserted into the barns are whole oak trees, no bark removed; gloriously and industrially rustic.

Old Oak barn truss covered in bark
Old Oak truss still covered in bark.

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 will be of interest to others doing the same thing or for those interested in a “real” example of implementing a contemporary rustic style from scratch.

The dream?

Until next time…

Kat xxxxx