McLaren Excell are all for simplifying complexity. So what they proposed for the heritage restrictions was two black ‘pods’ enclosing the interiors, that don’t touch the walls or ceiling but creates zones within. An open plan living area, entrance, cloakroom, boot room and laundry are all housed here on the ground level. Upstairs, the bedrooms replace the old hayloft and enjoy some quaint countryside views. All of the pipes and cables throughout have been concealed, making the timber-beamed ceiling really sing.