Your Dream Home: The Ultimate Guide for Barn Conversions

If you have the potential to buy a barn, then you may be interested in converting it. The main thing that you have to remember is that there’s only one rule that you need to be following- and that is to stay true to the building. If you ignore this rule then you will be losing out on personality and you may even find that your home isn’t as natural as it could be as well.

Repair the Walls

It doesn’t matter whether you have timber, brick or stone walls because you need to make sure that you repair them where possible. If you want to have a seamless blend between the original wall and the repair work then you may need to repoint the wall, as this will make it look much more stable. Adding new walls can also be an option. You do however need to make sure that they match in with the original materials. If you are unable to do this for any reason, then it’s better to go for something completely different. When you can then create a nice contrast between old and new.

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You will need to insulate your barn conversion if you want it to meet all of the right regulations. Leaving some brick exposed can be a very nice touch, but if you do then you may find that you let way more cold into your home than required. One way for you to get around this would be for you to add some cladding or even a fake brick surface. When you do, you can easily get the brick look you want without having to worry about losing what looks like an original feature.

Repairing the Roof

The roof will quite possibly be one of the most predominant features of the barn. Most of the time, you will need to remove the roof entirely so that you can repair or alter whatever’s required. You may also need to add a membrane and some weatherproofing as this will help you to really get the best result. Insulation can be applied beneath the rafters but if you have rafters which look especially interesting then it may be worth keeping them exposed so that they can then become an internal feature. Remember that the irregularity of the roof can be a good thing, even if the timbers have twisted or bowed over time.


Dormer windows are usually not very appropriate so any new window openings will have to be rooflights as this means that they will sit flush with the roof. If you have too many rooflights then this won’t look good at all so you need to keep them at the right elevation.  If you have some additional land outside your barn, you may want to have your windows overlooking this, with the possibility of having some field shelters installed if you want to keep animals. This is a great way for you to make your land more profitable and you would be surprised at how much it can make a difference to your home.

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