Silo Inspired Bespoke Extension

A silo inspired circular creative family cabin space which links to the main house (1)

Creating flexible, multi-generational family ancillary accommodation

Bespoke Family Extension inspired by Grain Silos

From our first meeting with these clients, we knew they wanted something special and very unique.
The family were fascinated with the shape and form of grain silos. Having shown us their reference Pinterest boards, we knew we were going to have a lot of fun together!

They wanted to create an adaptable ancillary dwelling which responded to the location. It needed to meet the needs of the different generations within the family who would be using it.

Early on, we recognised that the family required two zones. One being independent annexe accommodation for a grandparent. The second a ‘neutral ‘space that would faciliate family interaction through calm and creative activities such as craft, reading, board games. The two spaces would be separated visually and acoustically behind a sliding door, but with the flexibility to create one larger space.

As the project evolved, the design moved from being a cabin space to an extension to the existing farmhouse but still incorporating the flexible two zones.  The ‘granny annexe’ was the primary space but the building also included a mezzanine area.  The latter to be used as a creative, communal zone where the family could come together and enjoy their shared passion for craft activities.

Design Details


The keywords the client provided during the first design meeting were ‘structural honesty’ and ‘refined agriculture’.

The bespoke extension will be built to a high specification, finished with good levels of insulation and, of course, it will also have a sense of fun!

We have taken into account of the local vernacular which showed evidence of black painted horizontal timber pantiles and the odd grain silo. Practical requirements for this bespoke family space meant that the design needed to incorporate full accessibility for those with limited mobility, and for wheelchair users.

The cabin needs to be honest in how it is built. This means using natural materials that avoid a clinical feeling. The exterior will be very much focused on creating the intriguing silo-inspired building. The family also want to follow that theme through inside. This can be done by creating a playful space that has areas for craft projects; rope ladders for climbing and nets for relaxing above floor level.

  • Client: Private
  • Architect: Tom Powell at award winning Type Studio
  • Engineering: Blue Engineering
  • Build Date: To be confirmed
  • Budget: Undisclosed
  • Current status: This project has been approved for planning and is now in the construction detailing phase

Cabin Facts

  • Located in Buckinghamshire England
  • Current Status: Planning Approved
  • Family Ancillary Accommodation
  • Semi Rural Location
  • Refinded Agricultural Design
  • Local vernacular inspired materials

Life Space Cabin Services

  • Full Design
  • Full Planning Service
  • Full Construction Detailing
  • Full Build Service


  • Exterior: VM Black Zinc
  • Interior: Osmo white washed Douglas Fir
  • Structure: Douglas Fir timbers
  • Floor: Forbo ‘Coco’ Marmoleum
  • Ceiling: Douglas Fir plywood

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