Case Studies

Rural Barn Conversion, Melling

Rebecca and Michael bought a run down, red brick barn in a rural village on the outskirts of Lancaster in January 2019. They had a vision for modernising this building and making it a welcoming family home to raise their children. Having both grown up in the area, they wanted to do the barn justice and ensure it fit in to the local surroundings but still had a modern and contemporary feel to it. After nearly 12 months of working on the build, they moved in just before Christmas the same year.

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When you enter their home, you are immediately greeted by a bright and airy hallway, lined with floor to ceiling glass along one side and doors to various rooms. To the right of the front door is a wetroom, perfectly located for a quick clean up after a long day at work or after being out in the countryside. The wetroom floor is tiled with Viente Patchwork by STN and teamed with Rainstone by Galilao, perfectly contrasting against each other and setting the tone for this contemporary build.

Rural Barn Conversion, Melling

Out back into the hallway again and the vast open plan kitchen diner is visible ahead. The entire floor space is tiled in Calacatta 60x120cm marble effect tiles by Cersanit. The crisp white colour adds to the brightness in the room as it reflects the sunshine that is beaming through the full height glass windows. The Calcatta tiles stand out against the original, red brick interior walls that frame the open plan area and really enhance the sheer size of this space. 

Rural Barn Conversion, Melling
Rural Barn Conversion, Melling

The kitchen splashback is tiled entirely in Diamond Artic by Mainzu, a 10x20cm tile with angular 3D textures. This tile compliments the colour scheme of the kitchen diner perfectly, adding brightness to the area, alongside the gloss white cupboards, and contrasting against the black granite worktop. 

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The Calacatta flooring continues into a sizable utility that runs the length of the kitchen diner on the opposite side. This room is another carefully planned space, with a large window allowing plenty of natural light in, and a lovely view into the Lancashire countryside (there’s lots of these kind of views at this property!). They opted for grey gloss units in the utility and chose to install a different tile too, one that had elements of grey to tie it all together. 2019 was the year we saw the popularity of hexagon shaped tiles soar and there’s no disagreeing, they look fantastic. Meraki Line Gris by Bestile slot in perfectly to this utility, keeping the splashback area bright yet still containing that grey colour to go alongside the units. Its pattern makes for a perfect feature and gives the room character.

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Upstairs there are 3 bathrooms, all tiled with Rainstone by Galileo, keeping the crisp continuity flowing throughout. Rainstone works wonderfully with the rustic-meets-contemporary feel this barn conversion oozes. The natural colouring and earthy tones of Rainstone jump out against the fresh, white painted walls and the full height glass windows allow masses of light into the bathroom space in the main bedroom. Sitting perfectly on an open plan mezzanine, this bathroom setting is absolutely perfect for relaxing after a hard day. The end result of this project is just STUNNING!

Rural Barn Conversion, Melling
Rural Barn Conversion, Melling Rural Barn Conversion, Melling Rural Barn Conversion, Melling


I cannot speak highly enough of Rees Tiles. True professionals with an eye for detail. From initial consultation along with help with choices and designs which fitted perfectly with our vision. This professionalism continued throughout or project, they really did go above and beyond and were available for advice no matter how small at all times! If you are looking for quality both in product and service, then look no further. Honestly, we love them!

Robert Mason, Quite Simply French

The team at Rees Tiles were super. They were really helpful when choosing our tiles for 3 rooms in our refurb.

We felt very confident when chatting to Holly and Steve about our ideas. They provided invaluable advice about all of the types of tiles we wanted. They were very friendly and gave us time to think about our ideas, even allowing us to bring in our kitchen cupboards to match the colours perfectly. Thank you!

Mrs Tillotson, Client

We recently undertook a self-build project and had both the bottom floor and all the bathrooms to tile. Steve was really helpful from the outset and just "got" what I was after straight away, picking out a selection of tiles that were all suitable. It meant that rather than taking ages to choose, I'd actually picked most of the options in my first visit - which is great when you have so many other decisions to make! Steve and the rest of the team were great throughout the whole process and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to others.

Melissa Woods, Self Build Customer

We are really happy with the service we get from Rees Tiles. Steve always responds to emails quickly, with a quick turnaround on quotes and great products supplied.

Sohailia Amini, Wrenman Homes

I have had the pleasure of dealing with the team at Rees Tiles over a number of years and have always found them to be knowledgeable and helpful, an all round first class service.

Harvey Bainbridge, Client

We find our relationship with Rees Tiles very professional and reliable. The fact that we can call to order stocked tiles and receive them to site the following morning is fantastic. It means that no job is held up and the turnaround for the end purchaser is smooth and quick.

Jonathan Willan, Site Manager at Halton Mills Ltd.

Looking for tiles for our bathroom, kitchen and extension floor was made easy by the fantastic displays and huge choice of tiles available at the Rees Tiles and Flooring showroom in Lancaster. Steven and Holly were very obliging, offering us their knowledgeable advice on finishes and grout colours, and also allowed us to take various samples home to try. Rees Tiles is the place to go for a wonderful selection of quality tiles with a helpful, friendly service.

Mrs Richardson-Hogg, Client

When we decided we wanted to update all the en-suites at The Sun Hotel we called into Rees Tiles and Flooring by chance and I am so thrilled we did. From start to finish the service was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for more. Using Rees Tiles and Flooring made what could have been a stressful time so much easier. I’d be happy to recommend them to anybody who requires tiles.

Helen Henderson, The Sun at Troutbeck Bridge

Patient and Helpful with a Beautiful outcome! We were searching for the perfect shades and textures for the floor and bathrooms in our new home, which we finally found thanks to the expert and friendly team at Rees Tiles and Flooring. From start to finish they were wonderful, delivering tiles and underfloor heating when we needed it so the fixer could keep to the planned timescales. Great service and amazing products.

Mrs Wanless, Client

Steve and the team at Rees Tiles have been great in helping us choose what would work with the kitchen. They were really excited when we said we wanted to use large tiles in the kitchen, and this made us feel even more certain we’d made the right decision.

Mr Bower, Client

The team at Rees Tiles assisted me in matching up colours and explaining which would work best in my home. They worked alongside the people working on my house really well and I didn’t have to be involved which made it really stress-free for me – something which is appreciated when moving to a new house! I’m so pleased with my bathroom and kitchen and am planning on getting some tiles for my hallway soon!

Mrs Carney, Client

We have over the last 3 years totally refurbished our 5-star Silver award B&B. Rees Tiles and Flooring have supplied all the tiles for our bathrooms and kitchen and we cannot praise them highly enough. The tiles are top class quality as is the service received from Steve and his staff. We would not buy tiles in the future from anywhere else and would recommend them to anyone.

Mel Smith, Capernwray House B&B

Everyday durability and long-term maintenance are important factors when choosing any product, especially for use in a commercial environment. We’ve used many grouts and sealants over the years but found nothing that goes the distance when it comes to deterioration or discolouration.

Carl Johannessen, Jigsaw PFM

I would certainly recommend Rees Tiles and Flooring Ltd to anyone. From the minute I walked in I was greeted with a smile and received fantastic service. The team helped me in selecting the tiles for my main bathroom, en-suite and kitchen. Rees Tiles are willing to go that extra step further to make sure the customer is completely satisfied – it’s just a shame I have nothing else I need to tile now!

Mr Keit, Client

My mum has used Rees Tiles for years and it was off her recommendation that we got in touch with Steve and Holly. They listened to what we wanted and understood the look we were trying to achieve. We borrowed samples and by having the tiles at the house we were able to decide what worked best in the space and lighting. I especially like the colours in the mosaic, and everyone always compliments on how eye-catching and effective they look. Thanks for all your help Rees Tiles!

Mrs Shires, Client