30 Jun Barn Conversions Sevenoaks
Barn Conversions Sevenoaks
Barns are typically designed to have large volumes of space inside them so converting your barn into a more practical property allows you to take advantage of these spacious structures. With high vaulted ceilings and big, open plan areas, there are so many possibilities with converted barns.
Finding rural land that is suitable for constructing a new home is becoming increasingly difficult, as planning laws tend to restrict development in green locations.
However, there are other opportunities available. Thanks to changes in planning policies, it has now become easier to create housing in the countryside. Barn Conversions are a simple way to create a bespoke design, as they often don’t require detailed applications.
Barns are a typical feature of the English countryside, with many having become redundant over the years. These buildings offer vast amounts of space and, done well, can be transformed into amazing abodes.
At Clements Extensions and Landscapes we love Barn Conversions we are specialists in making the most out of these types of buildings and turning them into dream homes.
As professional Barn conversion builders we manage the whole project from start to finish, providing a detailed and itemised estimate taken from your architects drawings. Leasing with building control, sourcing and managing all trades, ensuring quality of works is maintained and time scales adhered to. Basically we will handle everything for you.
Because no two barns are exactly the same, there’s no way to accurately determine costs without a detailed analysis of the structure in question. Even what the barn is built out of will be a huge factor (a stone barn generally costs more to convert than one made of timber). It may be worth hiring an architect or taking a walk through with a barn conversion specialist builder and structural engineer to get a clearer picture of what you’re working with, and consequently a clearer picture of your budget.
Barn Conversion Layout
The space available will be dictated by the structural walls and beams, as well as the nature of the roof. The hope is that you’ll be able to strike a balance between open spaces and private areas. A good way to do this is by partitioning based on floor, i.e. private, partitioned areas on the first floor separated by an open hallway, and an upper floor open area which makes use of the character of the roof and beams.
Often, planners will not allow additional doors and windows to be added to an old structure, so you may have to explore alternative options that don’t involve traditional windows. Many barns are poorly lit, having only small entrances for ventilation, while others may have huge, multi-level openings if they were used for storing tractors or other large machinery. You might consider conservatory style roof windows, or making existing doors entirely glass panelled to let in more light. Maintaining an open plan will also help with this issue.
Naturally, there are countless other decisions to be made for your barn conversion, and it really is impossible to make them in concrete without knowing your barn inside out, knowing regulations, and taking advice from experienced barn conversion builders and professionals. One thing that is largely in your control however, is the look of the interior, in other words, the decor. These will be based on personal preference, but you could look to the natural charm of the structure to inform your decisions. For example, if your barn interior is exposed brick, you may wish to concentrate on a rustic feel for the rest of your decorating. If the barn lacks natural light, you can remedy this in part with bright light fixtures throughout the structure. As for beams, these can be retouched and refinished by a good joiner so they add to the atmosphere rather than detracting from it.