How to plan your dream barn conversion
August 20, 2021

While plenty of people want to live in the city and enjoy all the perks of being in the centre of things, plenty of people prefer the idea of living away from it all, deep in the countryside. 

The thing about rural living is that there often isn’t enough properties for you to find one that stands out for you. This means that those who dream of country life are thinking outside of the property box. 

One idea that is on the rise is buying a barn (often not in the best condition) and turning that into a gorgeous home. Bar conversions sound like the perfect way to build and own your dream home; however, it does come with some things that you need to think about before you take the plunge. 

Let’s take a look at some of the key steps in planning your dream barn conversion home.  

Look for a barn 

The chances are that you won’t know where to buy a barn; it’s not like they are sold through the usual portals. For the most part, the best place to go to buy a barn is going to be at an auction, whereby you will find derelict barns that are open to offers.  

That said, there are also dedicated selling portals that can help you find the starting’s of your dream home and this can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Know your budget 

It is essential to know how much you have to spend when buying and converting a barn. The process can be expensive, and the last thing that you will want to have happened is to run out of money during your project and be left without a home. Think carefully about how much you have, and make sure that you get detailed quotes before starting any work. That way, you will be able to make sure that you can afford to actually achieve your dream.  

Find out about building approval 

You will need to speak to your Local Authority about your plans and ensure that you seek out the right regulations and approvals on what you want to do. This can take time, so make sure that you factor this into your plan and knowledge of the issues that can crop up during these checks.  

Be prepared to provide documentation that you are asked for and be able to discuss the plans you have for your home.  

Speak to an expert 

Whilst it can be tempting to dive into the world of DIY, when it comes to converting a barn, this is not always the best choice. It is much safer to speak to an expert and ensure that the work you want to be carried out is done in the right way. 

Sure, an expert might cost you more initially, but you will be grateful that you invested in their services in the end.  

Then comes the fun part, actually being able to live in your dream home. It might be a hard path to get there, but with the right help and plenty of patience, you can have your dream barn conversion home.