Black Grove Farm Barn Conversion

The first and most important thing when it came to the design of the system was it had to be as energy efficient as possible. At the start of the installation we installed a energy optimisation unit which reduces the incoming supply voltage from 240v to a constant 220v. This allows the appliance’s to run at rated supply voltage which is generally 220v which saves up to 20% per year on your electricity bill.

LED lighting was used throughout the installation to provide a modern clean lighting effect whilst being super energy efficient. In the areas that had open high level beams we used LED uplighters to provide ambient lighting to the oak beams this worked really well as it highlighted the features of the building whilst being sympathetic to the surroundings which is the key ingredient when it comes to lighting design.

The kitchen dinning lighting was controlled by a LUTRON automated lighting controller. This is a very clever piece of kit which allows you to control multiple lights at different levels at the click of a button allowing you to program different lighting scenes and then replay at a touch of a button. We can also connect them to the security system to bring all the lights on to full brightness in the event of an alarm or panic button.

Heating wise due to the barns location gas was not available and oil was not going to be efficient enough form of heating. So the decision was made to install a ground source heat pump. Ground source heat pumps use pipes which are buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground. Heat from the ground is absorbed into the fluid and then passes through a heat exchanger and used to heat the under floor heating system within the barn.