Before & After: A Country Home Blossoms in the Ruins of an Old Stone Barn

Type rehabs a rundown stone structure into an elegant dwelling—and then sets about rewilding its site in the English countryside.

To the untrained eye, this dilapidated barn in the Devonshire countryside in southwest England looked like a ruin. First of all, there was no road access—so you had to walk across two fields to even see it. The roof was missing, the stone walls had crumbled in places, and ivy haphazardly covered the structure. 

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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