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The Pros and Cons of Converting a Barn

Nothing quite screams “hot right now” as barn conversions do. It’s not just a fad, our Norfolk construction company has been seeing the rise of interest in barn conversions soar over the past few years and showing little sign of slowing down any time soon. 

So, what makes barn conversions so desirable, and do they live up to their high praise? Like most things, the answers lay in the pros and cons, which is why we’ve put our heads together to let you in on what we believe to be the biggest pros and cons of a barn conversion. Then it’s up to you to decide where you stand on converting a barn into a home


Pros of Barn Conversion

When it comes to converting a barn and living in a barn conversion, there are a handful of great advantages that deserve to be known by those interested in such a project. Let’s take a look at the three big ones. 


Undoubtedly Unique

The first positive point of turning a barn into a home is that the house that will come out of this conversion will be undoubtedly unique. A great barn conversion mixes the defining and historical characteristics of a barn with the contemporary touch of modern housing. 

sympathetic renovation of a Norfolk barn

If all goes well, you can expect breathtaking high ceilings, large open rooms, handsome exteriors and an all-around good-looking home that stands out from the crowd. 



Feel Good Factor 

Next up is a benefit of barn conversions that can’t be overlooked. When talking about the design, interior, and all of the ins and outs of how this project is going to be achieved, the fact that you are preserving a historical building can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. 

Think about it this way: you are breathing fresh life into a piece of history that — if it weren’t for barn conversion — could have been lost forever. 


The Breathtaking Locations

If you’re seeking peace and quiet in the countryside, then a barn conversion should pique your interest. Often, these barns are located in rural locations. Sometimes they are situated on land where normal houses would not be permitted to be built. 

When you convert a barn, you may even be lucky enough to receive an acre or so of land and the potential for striking views of the country is ever-present. 



Cons of Barn Conversion

Those are the benefits and sure they sound amazing but it’s also important to look at the downsides of converting a barn to truly know if it is right for you. 


Planning Permission & Materials

With permitted development rights, it is easier to perform certain works without acquiring planning permission. But what you must remember is that when a barn is a listed building, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty or in a conservation area, you will need planning permission. 

While this isn’t the end of the world, it could throw a spanner in the works and put some people who are interested in converting a barn off the idea. 

There’s also the added pain of what materials to use – you likely will be asked to use materials that match the original building. 



High Price Tag

While we are sure you have no illusions about the price of such a project, what you may not have considered is the potential for hidden costs and pitfalls during your project as you try to reach that finish line. 

Keep in mind that barns were not made for human habitation, so the work that goes into making this livestock building a home is not to be sniffed at. Along with your project, problems and setbacks may mean you will have to pay more to get the work done. 


Ease of Access

Peace and quiet in the Norfolk countryside may be what you most desire but you must also consider whether or not your new home provides ease of access. Remote areas and rural locations can be tricky to find and navigate. 

Some of the issues you could potentially face are unsuitable roads for material deliveries and moving vans, as well as bad weather potentially affecting access. So, this could affect the actual conversion project itself and how you would access your property after the project is complete. 



Final Thoughts on the Pros and Cons of Converting a Barn  

There you have just a few very important pros and cons of converting a barn. The difficult part is deciding if the pros outweigh the cons and vice versa. Of course, where the negative aspects are concerned, there are ways around these to make converting a barn the best thing you’ve ever done. 

One way of doing so is to work with a reputable and reliable construction company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group in Kings Lynn. We know barn conversions and how to turn a farm building into a home. If you’re interested in barn conversion and would like to hear more about what we can do, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.