The reuse of redundant farm buildings allows the creation of houses in the country with minimum impact on farming land and generally allows them to fit more readily into the landscape. While the new build sections of the developments were generally relatively simple, the use of a 'brown field' site involves careful environmental assessment.
There is the likelihood of old fuel tanks and pits as well as outdated or blocked drainage. There are many structural issues regarding the reuse of old buildings that require careful inspection of the existing fabric and an assessment of the impact of the new interventions. In both cases the differing needs of housing over farming use meant that areas of wall had to be underpinned and in some cases totally rebuilt. By careful choice of new structure it was possible to keep to a palette of traditional materials whilst adopting new materials and techniques where appropriate.