Alrewas Architecture

Barn Conversions

Barns are the most interesting area of change in planning policy and the government drive is to ensure re-use of agricultural buildings to meet housing targets. And also to retain the use of redundant buildings.

Barns can be more complex than any other area of planning, in that wholescale changes are rejected by planners generally. The key to converting a barn is to ensure its structural suitability (for conversion), and to retain the character. Extensions are generally acceptable providing they work sensitively with the existing barn.

Key factors which come into any barn approval are sustainability, retaining the visual history of the site and that openings are kept to a minimum.

We have converted a number of barns, brick, steel framed and dutch barns to name a few. Our office is based at a converted barn so dealing with the specific issues that a barn can raise is well within our experience.

We can advise early on the likelihood of planning approval and will offer guidance on the best way of attaining that approval.

Some examples from our Barn Conversions Portfolio