Barn conversions require specialist attention and are completely different to a typical conversion project. With a bit of imagination, a barn conversion can be a great way to achieve a very beautiful, unique home.
Barn conversions will typically place a lot of emphasis around retaining original features and working as closely as possible with the existing building. Where the building is listed, this is even more important and we can work closely with both architect and heritage officer to deliver the desired result.
Achieving this usually requires major building work which can take a lot more time, patience and money than a traditional property or new build. As such, there are quite a few things to think about before undertaking a barn conversion project.
Tips if you’re planning a barn conversion
- Do your research before buying, think about access, windows and what is / isn’t salvageable
- Work with an architect and builder who have experience of similar projects
- Get confirmation of planning permission before you do anything else, and check that the structure is sound
- Be sympathetic to the original building when planning materials and finishes for your conversion
- Take lots of photos before you start conversion work so you can put as much as possible back where you found it. If the barn is listed the heritage office will require this anyway
- Make sure you have sufficient barn conversion insurance before you start work
- Don’t underestimate the cost – a barn conversion is always more expensive than you initially think it’s going to be!
How we differ to most builders:
We answer the phone, we turn up, we finish on time and budget and we clean up after ourselves.
We really enjoyed working with Tom at Tri-Core, he was very personable and the team extremely hard working. They kept disruption to a minimum and their work was to an extremely high standard.
Barn conversion checklist
- Speak to an architect to draw up plans (we can recommend professionals if you need us to)
- Submit application for planning approval
- Provide us with building regulations drawings & call to arrange your FREE consultation
- We’ll meet you on site and be able to offer you advice and a detailed quote
- You instruct us and we agree a start date
- We do the rest