THE BARN, BOSTON
MS JULIE GREEN
We were approached by our client to convert an agricultural barn into a stunning 4 bedroomed home with a very large open plan lounge/dining area, an open plan kitchen with family room. Additionally, we were asked to convert the existing derelict barn into a 2 storey bedroom area with 4 large bedrooms, 2 ensuites and a bathroom.
All the single storey areas hold vaulted ceilings with large oak king post trusses on display.
We are currently completing the landscaping which includes a timber framed cart shed, entrance walls and a very long driveway.
TESTIMONY - Ms Julie Green
Kuno Jackson, what can I say! Two years ago we bought a piece of land (2 acres) with a derelict and I mean derelict, barn on it. Prior to this I’d lived in the same house for many years, had no experience of barn conversions or even the desire to convert one. I wanted a new build! But I wanted that land, it had almost 360 views and I would get my dream, the chance to see both a sunrise and sunset from my windows.
By chance, good fortune and Google, we stumbled across Kuno’s website, alongside a few other builders and moved towards getting that all-inclusive price to make the barn a home. Kuno was very accommodating from day 1, inviting us over to view a barn he’d recently completed and once I’d met him knew he was my type of person and wanted him to do the work, whatever!
I’m a great fan of a good sense of humour (we certainly needed one along our journey) but with straight talking and know-how I never doubted Kuno would deliver 100%. Now, 2 years since we put in the offer, our derelict barn is a stunning home, of which we all are so very proud.
Every one of Kuno’s team #kunoandtheteam for you Instagram followers, was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble. I visited site every day, the men found this strange at the start but soon got used to me turning up, camera at the ready and recording the progress. We couldn’t wait to get back after our holiday to see if the roof was on.
Perhaps a strange analogy likening our experience to a cake but I feel we had all the ingredients, gave it a stir and made a wish. Lorraine was the one mixing all the ingredients we needed, the team were the fruit brandy & cherries, Miles, our site manager happy to listen to my deliberations on a daily basis, was the marzipan and the icing on the cake was Kuno, always happy to chat, listen to my feedback and generally be a good friend, telling me the situation as it was.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I could never have done it without you.
Big thanks to my partner Steve who steered me through some tough days and stood by my side cheering with the same enthusiasm, on the good and bad days.
Julie & Steve, the Barn
HOLLY TREE FARM, NORTH SCARLE
MS DIANE BURTON & MRS GILLIAN SAYWELL
This project was nominated for the FMB Master Builder Award 2017
Our clients Ms Diane Burton and her sister Mrs Gillian Saywell appointed us to:
The main remit was to retain the overall character of the barn whilst keeping an agricultural feel. The project required the underpinning of the existing barn with extensive brick repairs to the external faces.
The planning, building regs, structural survery and basic design were carried out by a local design engineer. With only construction drawings we were able to design some of the indiviual elements which brought this beautiful home to life.
The most outstanding feature of this project was the staircase which was designed by Kuno. The spindles were handmade and each spindle was indiviually bent and twisted, then distressed using a file. On completion we asked our clients to view the staircase and were met with tears and a big hug stating "it was what they would have expected from their father" and this would always be a monument to him.
TESTIMONY - Ms Diane Burton & Mrs Gillian Saywell
12 months ago my sister and I owned a derelict old barn with a range of tumble-down pigsties. Today we are the proud owners of a beautiful new home.
Di and I first met Kuno to discuss our plans back in the autumn of 2014. Our brief was to renovate the 18th century brick and pantile barn and outbuildings whilst retaining the character and style of the agricultural buildings. Kuno ‘got’ our vision straight away and, more importantly, he knew exactly how to achieve it.
Kuno’s knowledge, skills, ideas, designs, attention to detail and his unfailing enthusiasm for our project have been inspirational. Kuno doesn’t do problems – he just does solutions! When we said we wanted a bespoke staircase, Kuno not only designed one but handmade the unique metal spindles. Di and I had no idea about how to light the double height space so Kuno came up with a lighting plan. Similarly, when Di and I couldn’t agree on floor tiles, Kuno arranged to meet us at the builders merchants, said ‘how about these’ and the tiles were perfect! Kuno didn’t just build to the plans, but he added his own ideas and designs.
Di and I must thank all the craftsmen who make up the ‘Team’. To a man, they have been hard working, skilled, polite, friendly and were a pleasure to have on site. They cheerfully tolerated our interferences and constant questions. Last winter they battled through some dreadful weather and delivered whatever was asked of them – and more.
I must also mention Lorraine who has been supportive and positive throughout the project. She has always been there at the end of the telephone line to reassure with: “don’t worry, I’ll get Kuno to sort it”!
Di and I had spent a lot of time over the last couple of years watching TV programmes about building projects. The TV builds were usually fraught with problems, tensions and drama. We approached our project with some trepidation but I can honestly say our build has been a pleasure. It has been so exciting to see our barn remerge from the rubble without any of the dramas seen on TV. Most importantly, Kuno completed the project on budget. No mean feat as our budget was very tight and it was never going to be an easy build.
Renovating the barn has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for Di and I. The building has been in the family for 3 generations and we didn’t want to lose it on our watch. We have given the old barn a new lease of life. It is now a beautiful, warm, comfortable home full of character and unique features. It has been preserved for the next 300 years and Di and I feel very proud of that!
Thank you Kuno, Lorraine, Carl and all the Team.
CHARITY BARN, HEIGHINGTON
MR & MRS HIPWELL
This project was nominated for the FMB Master Builder Award 2012
We were appointed to convert this completely delapidated barn into a stunning 4 bedroom home with an additonal annexe with guest accommodation. One of the features of this barn included a large bow in the main 2-storey barn which the client wanted to retain. This was achieved by pumping a cement based slurry into the wall.
TESTIMONY - Mr & Mrs Hipwell
Kuno Jackson was the main contractor for our barn conversion, creating a beautiful home for us which we absolutely love.
The conversion offered Kuno the chance to show off a wide range of trades – it involved everything from brickwork to stonework, from pantiles to slate roofing and from demolition to renovation. Add that to a bowed wall, nesting bats and protected trees and you complete the picture!
The quality of the build and finishing is outstanding, in fact so much so that our snag list has only seen minor items, all of which have been rectified quickly. The tradesmen that Kuno brought onto the project were all fantastic, working to a high standard and adding those finishing touches that make all the difference.
Kuno maintained a positive and professional approach throughout the build, dealing with demanding restrictions due to the bats, and also coping with the surprises that come with many old buildings. Not only did Kuno offer sound advice, but he also listened to our views in order to create our dream home. And he achieved all of this within budget!
For all of these reasons, we’d certainly recommend Kuno, and look to use him ourselves for any future building project.
REED POINT HOUSE
MR & MRS COOK
This is a long term project for our clients, Mr & Mrs Cook.
This was a dilipated working farm with brick outbuildings and a large dutch barn.
We reduced the overall height of the dutch barn and modernised this with metal cladding and added large timber doors.
The outbuildings formed a natural courtyard but required extensive rebuilding to form a large arched car port and office space with storage.
TESTIMONY - Mr & Mrs Cook
We highly recommend Kuno Jackson for all your building needs. Kuno renovated our barn complex and was actively involved in the design as well as the build. We were given advice as to our options and any budget implications at all stages of the project. We were totally satisfied with the end result, which exceeded our expectations. His team of workers were always polite and enthusiastic.
We are now planning to rebuild our home and so are returning to Kuno and his team to make our vision a reality .....
Mr & Mrs Dwane
We were asked in 2002 to convert an HGV workshop into a 4-bedroomed barn conversion which included a vaulted ceiling to the kitchen area. Due to the length of timber support needed for the a bedroom beam we had to import the timber directly from Canada which arrived on a very large articulated lorry.