Originially a threshing barn that was never used as such because of the Industrial Revolution, the barn was designed to be used for manual threshing, but by the time it was completed or soon after, steam engines would have taken over this duty. As with all the barns at Bibury, they were too small for modern agricultural use, since tractors could not fit into them and there was insufficient air flow for livestock.
The Grain Store is the heart of the barns at Bibury; it has the largest and highest living space and can cater for large parties. The kitchen is dual aspect, with large sliding screens opening in both directions that allow guests to enjoy morning and evening light.
Blake introduced new openings between separate parts of the barn to create a simple flow through a large home. We always look to ensure there is a variety of spaces; somewhere that is comfortable on a winter’s night, a quiet study off a living area and equally those large spaces for family gatherings. The balance is important. To create the right nighttime ambience, we worked with Pippa Paton on the lighting scheme to create different moods in the different spaces. Some lighting was appropriate for practical tasks and other options more suitable for illuminating features and backgrounds.