Barn Conversions

At T J Kibble Home Improvements Ltd we have a passion for Barn conversions, there is something deeply satifying in turning a disused often dilapidated old agricultural building, into a living breathing space, a dwelling, a home.....

Thanks to the strict planning rules that govern building new dwellings in the countryside, barn conversions are vastly popular. However, though many planners are keen to encourage the development of these now-obsolete agricultural buildings, they do place strict constraints on how much you can alter the barn's exterior. You cannot usually change the roof line - dormers are never acceptable and rooflights should be keep to a minimum and out of sight. Openings should be kept as they are, which means making the most of existing doorways and cart door openings. Original materials should be repaired wherever possible and if a replacement is necessary, similar types should be used - preferably reclaimed or handmade.

Though planners discourage the insertion of new openings in barns, there are often some existing apertures that can be used. Some barns are open-sided and can be glazed to form a stunning focal point. Cart door openings are often found on either side of the barn and can become main entrance ways or large glazed sections.

Glazed ceilings can be a fantastic way to bring in light - this is where glazing is placed between the existing timbers and can be very effective over a double-height space to create an atrium-like atmosphere. Staircases should be made a feature of, especially in a contemporary conversion, where industrial-style steel, glass, and chunky timber can all look fantastic.

The type of barns available for conversion will vary considerably across different areas of the countryside. As a general rule, timber barns are predominantly found in the south and east while stone barns are more common in the north and west. Brick barns can be found close to areas historically associated with large brickworks.

Both brick and stone barns tend to feature just small openings while timber barns tend to offer a much more vast volume of space. As a rule, stone barns are the most expensive to convert, while brick are the cheapest.