I’m seeking thoughts/advice regarding renovation of a stone barn into an art studio. Tile roof is in good shape by the way, as are the structural beams. Stone walls are fairly solid and exposed at present. Basic floor dimension roughly 15 x 10 meters. We just need to create a space in raised part of the ancient stone barn with existing rough floor planks, that allows more privacy and lighting and storage while working. It’s not intended for living space but for work space, year-round, in a region of France where there should be minimal issues in relation to humidity/aridity or changes in temps year-round such as one might have in mountains, desert, or coastal.
No need for fancy surfacing. Water to wash brushes and for other types of clean up. Electricity for lighting after dark and perhaps air flow/heating.
The barn electric and water has to be re-done. We’ve not done any previous renovations to this barn, although we’ve done home renovations (heating, insulation, walls, electric). I’m the helper and the actual lead is experienced as he renovated his house which is adjacent.
I found one previous thread on SFN (Barn to Gite Renovation). It’s got some good information albeit for a reno of a barn into a gite.
Any pros/cons in leaving the ceiling open to the rafters? Air flow for making it cool in summer and warm in winter is something I’m particularly puzzled about. He wants to eliminate the problem by making it a box; I’d like to be able to not have a standard ceiling and let the wall space perhaps reach up to the roof… have you any opinions on the pros/cons of building a standard ceiling versus letting the rafters (insulated) be the ceiling?
Seems good to give him any of your thoughts you might be willing to impart especially from experience. I’d like any pointers to photos or plans for the design of studio/work space for similar projects in France, renovating an old solid stone barn but not perhaps for a gite. The assumption is that for interior renovation for non-living quarters, regulations for review/submission of a plan prior to building this, by/to the local mairie, might be minimal/nonexistent, right?
Thank you in advance.