EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

July 2018

Homebuilding & Renovating - - Editor’s Letter -

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.

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