AR Design Studio took a historic, unused, and dilapidated stable in Headbourne Worthy, UK, and renovated it into a modern and minimalist three-bedroom home called Manor House Stables, all while keeping its original character intact.

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Once home to a retired champion racehorse in the 1940s, the stables had fallen into a state of ruin as it sat vacant. Luckily when the main house on the property was being refurbished, the stables were discovered and AR Design Studio took on the challenge to bring a little love to this countryside structure.

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While keeping with the original equine charm, modern elements were brought in to make it work for a family. Using the original layout allowed for many of the existing interior wood walls to remain, giving a cohesive feel throughout.

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

I love the look of the worn wood with its history showing through, juxtaposed with the clean white walls and light-colored, polished concrete floors.

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

The kitchen fits into an individual stable and remains open to the dining room

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

The old horse troughs were converted into sinks in the bathrooms!

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

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Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

Old Horse Stables Become a Modern Home with Character in main architecture  Category

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Photos by Martin Gardner.