Converting a granary into a light-filled home with Centor Integrated Doors

Discover how one family converted a derelict farm into a light-filled home using Centor Integrated Doors.

By Gemma Parkes | 25 July 2018

When Gillian and her family decided to buy a derelict farm in County Durham, she could only dream about the beautifully appointed forever home it would become.

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Gillian and her husband pooled resources with Gillian’s parents and her sister and family to purchase an entire farm. The 72-acre plot of land came with a series of run-down buildings that no-one had lived in for 40 years, but the family had big plans…

Gillian explains: “We converted the Dutch Barn into garages and the stables were converted into a home for my parents. My sister and her husband and children had the farmhouse. Because of strict planning permission requirements, they had to build it exactly as it originally was. We took the granary – and were subject to the same planning restrictions.”

As the director of a large construction and demolition company, Gillian is no stranger to the challenges of building work and wasn’t phased by the task of re-building the granary.

The two-storey granary was previously adjoined to the neighbouring barn by a simple corrugated shed, and this ‘non-traditional’ aspect wasn’t subject to the same rigorous restrictions, “In this one space I was allowed to do something a bit different, because it was a completely new structure,” explains Gillian. And she had a very clear idea of what she wanted to create…