In 2014, fairly significant changes to the planning rules quite literally opened the (barn) door to those of us hoping to convert agricultural buildings into homes. (The legislation was most recently updated this spring — our planning expert explains all on page 146.)
Barns come in many guises, shapes and sizes, and can offer unique opportunities to create individual homes in rural locations ordinarily offlimits to self-builders. But, by the same token, readying these buildings – constructed for anything but human occupation – for residential use, can present a number of design and structural challenges.
With this in mind, we tasked a group of experts, well-versed in converting these buildings into one-off homes, to share their wisdom. We hope you enjoy our 15-page barn conversion special — and if any of your questions go unanswered, then we’d love to hear from you at: homebuilding@ futurenet.com.
Also this month, Bob Branscombe explains what a professional project manager can bring to your building project, how to find one — and why they could be your closest ally on site (page 173). Building control inspector Paul Hymers takes us through the energy-efficiency requirements for new homes and how to meet them (page 208). Plus, we explain how to give dated homes kerb appeal in our exterior makeovers guide (page 127). H
Subscribe for £22 and receive a free gift. Check out our latest subscription offer on page 31 Claire Lloyd, Editor
has been a member of the Homebuilding & Renovating team for over a decade. She’s just completed a renovation with her partner Ed, a builder.