Pig farm transformed into stunning home

The house

An amazing property has gone on the market for £1.5 million. Looking at it, there's no way to tell that in a former life it used to be a pig farm. So how did the owners pull off the transformation?

And is this the oddest building to be transformed into a home?



According to the Daily Mail, Tod Wakefield and Mary Collier bought a bungalow near Pullborough, West Sussex, 15 years ago. The land that came with it included a ramshackle pig farm - Manor Farm - which had been used for 30 years to breed pigs.

While others would have seen a rather smelly eyesore, the couple saw an opportunity. This should perhaps not come as a complete surprise given that Wakefield is an architecture lecturer at the University of Plymouth.

The newspaper reported that after battling the council for three years they got planning permission to convert the pig farm into a stunning home.They spent £500,000 on the job, and the end result is spectacular.

Take a look inside the home on the former pig farm:

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Pig farm transformed into stunning home

The estate agents, Jackson-Strops & Staff, say that the two pig barns have been converted into two wings, linked by an enormous dining room. It has three bedrooms, two studies, a kitchen, dining room and a living room with a mezzanine floor. It also has two roof terraces, and a courtyard garden with views over the 3 acres of land that come with the building.

It adds: "Sustainability is core to the design and build with super insulation to all roof and walls, under floor heating throughout the ground floor and oak, sawn and air-dried from trees that formerly stood on the site, used for stair treads and interior finishing."

"There is also a 5000 litre subsurface rainwater harvesting tank. It has been calculated that the south facing glass provides 6.5 kW of passive solar gain (heat) in the winter. The low winter sun penetrates well into the building and heats up the solid floor obviating the need for the under floor heating to be activated."

The couple are now ready to downsize as their children have long since flown the nest.

Other unusual projects

They are not the only owners of an incredible transformed property.

Last month we reported on the run-down Mayfair pub transformed into a £25 million house. Only the front of the building remains: the back was demolished and rebuilt, while about half of the current floorspace was dug out of the basement.

Then there's the holiday home built amidst the ruins of Warwickshire's Astley Castle. It didn't try to copy the style of the castle - but is a modern building built within the ruins.

Anther couple decided to build holiday homes from train carriages - kept at the platform of a converted railway station in Allerston, North Yorkshire.

There are a few homes built from converted police stations - including the one in Llandaff which has been converted into flats, one in Shrewsbury, and one in Putney. The owners of one of the Shrewsbury flats rents it out as self-catering accommodation, under the name The Old Police Cells.

Meanwhile an architect in south-East London converted a public toilet into a posh one bedroom flat. She ended up doing much of the work herself, partly because clearing the rubbish left inside was too nasty a job for most workmen. As a result it cost her £65,000.
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