Before and after: be inspired by this stunning transformation from 18th century barn to bathroom

Taking just 4 weeks, the owners created a stunning and entirely unique family bathroom

When an 18th century outbuilding and coach house adjacent to their Georgian cottage came on the market, the owners couldn’t resist the chance to transform a little piece of history into a functional space for their family.


Rather than hiding the original beams that they were keen to integrate into the new bathroom, the owners chose to insulate on the outside of the roof, rather than the inside, allowing the beams to become the overriding feature of the room.

The floor joists were reinforced so as to take the weight of the bath and water-resistant chipboard was fitted, with new floorboards on top.


In order to reflect the bathroom’s heritage they opted for an all-white scheme, keeping the space feeling light and airy. A modern skylight ensured that the space was flooded with natural light, without disturbing the shape of the room.

Keen to retain as many original elements of the building as possible, the washstand for the basin was built using oak salvaged from the renovation.

When it came to choosing the fixtures and fittings, the owners wanted to keep a period, traditional feel to the space so opted for vintage and antique items wherever possible. They chose an antique bath and had it re-enamelled in a deep blue to add some shade to the light scheme. Costing only £450, it was a far more cost effective method than buying a new bath, while adding an authentic, aged feel to the space.

The complete transformation took only 4 weeks and we think the results are simply stunning.


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