When we moved to The Barn one end of the oldest part, originally a 17th century wheat barn, was divided in two with a mezzanine creating a separate first floor level. While it was a useful extra space, and we toyed with the idea of keeping it as a library or office area, the space underneath was dark and the ballistrade was just too close to the central brick chimney.
We decided it had to go.
RE Butler, who are working with us at The Barn and are experts in barn conversions and renovations, set to work removing the old mezzanine and it was fascinating to see how it was constructed. Some of the wood will keep us warm this winter in our wood burners but the heavy oak posts and floorboards were just to beautiful to scrap so we decided to transform them into our new family dining table in keeping with our ethos at The Barn to repurpose existing materials wherever possible.