The BBC and an Exmoor Barn Conversion
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The BBC and an Exmoor Barn Conversion

Earlier this year, a crew from BBC Bristol arrived at Streamcombe to film part of a TV series, Nick Knowles' Original Features to be broadcast on UKTV Home.
This episode is looking at Barn Conversions, and our efforts were worth showing on TV - apparently!
Not sure how much air time Streamcombe will actually get, but the programme will be showing on 28 October at 10pm, and again on 29th at 4pm on UKTV Home Channel which can be found on Virgin 265 and Sky 246.
This picture was taken in June 2008, having just found the keys in the outside toilet.
I am now horrified by this picture. I cannot remember seeing the place like this at all.
Having a good imagination really helps with taking on a project like this!
The finished barn conversion June 2010 >>
It took the two of us 8 months to complete.
We enlisted the services of an electrician, plasterer and slate roofer. The drains, foundations, re-pointing, re-building, joists, new floors, plumbing, tiling, oak flooring and most of the carpentry were all done by Ian.
I was responsible for general site clearance, glamorous! Sourcing materials such as the window frames and glass, wall and floor tiles, carpets, doors and knobs, soft and hard furnishings.  Plus, cutting and fitting endless insulation panels, painting and decorating, curtain making and endless cups of tea and homemade cakes!
At last we had finished. The first paying guests arrived exactly one hour later!
All the windows and doors were open to hide the smell of fresh paint and tile adhesive, and we tried to behave as if we were very experiened B&B owners. It sort of worked.  The following morning the young honeymooners asked if we had been open long, as it all looked quite new!
Having burnt the candle at both ends for several months, we were both totally and utterly exhausted.  Now, three years on and getting the chance to stand outside in the dusk with a glass of wine once in a while, watching the bats and listening to the Exmoor stags rutting above in the woods, we realise it has all been well worth the effort to come here. It is beautiful.

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