Barn conversions are like Marmite: you either love them or hate them. This strong reaction often stems from the way people respond to the trade-off between the attractive features of living in a converted barn and its potential drawbacks compared to a conventional house. High often vaulted ceilings, glazed, full-height cart entrances and open-plan areas provide a great sense of space, creating contemporary interiors in a period setting. That said, local authorities often impose restrictions on conversions, which result in unusual layouts or disproportionately sized living or sleeping areas.
Case study - Conservation Weathered Barn Conversion
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Buildings suitable for conversion in the UK are becoming harder to find, but the general enthusiasm for turning old structures into dwellings shows no sign of abating. Converting a barn, church, school or other building into a home has some obvious attractions, including the reassurance of buying an existing structure, and demand has grown so that almost any redundant building is eagerly eyed up as a possible home, including stores, garages, warehouses and outbuildings. Conservation bodies would usually prefer to see older buildings survive in their original form, but converting them gives selfbuilders the opportunity to combine the best of traditional and modern construction techniques, and the space created is often more reminiscent of an open-plan urban loft apartment than a traditional home. In England, the government has introduced additional Permitted Development rights which allow the conversion change of use of specific categories of buildings into dwellings.
Barn conversions: pros and cons
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A Uflex underfloor heating system consisting of fifteen zones has been installed as part of a barn conversion project in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Here, we talk to Oliver Carter Plumbing and Heating, the G1 installer who completed the installation, to discover how they found working with the new Uflex underfloor heating range from Grant. Earlier this summer, the project of converting a barn into a three-bedroom home got underway on a farm located in the surrounds of Thirsk in North Yorkshire. The property is square metres in size and incorporates a large kitchen and office space alongside the other living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.