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About this project

Three and half hours from London, on the Welsh border, we find the Malvern hills, home to a sprawling country bolt-hole barn conversion.

The property needed a complete renovation and was on a vast scale.

Emma’s clients had bought this gloriously huge barn to relocate from London to embrace a slower pace of life.

Unfortunately, much of the property’s character had been lost through years of ill-considered additions of partition walls, poor glazing and stark flooring, which were simply incompatible with its history.

The scale needed to restore this home to its former glory initially overwhelmed the homeowners.

They chose to work with Emma Kirby Designs to completely rebuild, redesign and remodel the space.

Once the internal partitions were removed, the massive scale of the property created a magnificent space which would make entertaining an absolute joy for both the homeowners and their guests.

The result was spectacular.

The antique floorboards were supplied and installed by us.

Our expert installers know and understand the importance of this carefully sourced solid wood flooring and are masters of their trade.

Designer: @emmakirbydesign

The product

For this beautiful renovation, our Antique French Oak floor was cleaned, buffed and installed by our experts.

We used no heavy sanding and so maintained an unfinished, raw wood appearance, perfectly reflecting the natural surroundings of this home.

The wonderful finish achieved through our careful treatment of the wood gave a cosiness to individual spaces and a flow throughout the property.

With Emma’s choice of brick and wood walls alongside bespoke joinery, opulent bathrooms and artisanal lighting, there is a feeling of timeless luxury throughout the space.

It invites a slower pace of life, a far cry from the clients’ previous life in London and something we all need more of.