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Barn conversion has only grown in popularity as time goes on. It’s no wonder that so many people are after a converted barn as a home for themselves. The natural beauty and rustic aesthetic of a barn, coupled with grand elements, such as high ceilings, not forgetting the lovely countryside locations a barn more often than not finds itself in, are just a few reasons barns are incredibly sought-after by hopeful homeowners. 

If you have found yourself in the market for turning a barn into a home or hope to one day, it’s important you should be clear on what you’re looking for. 

There are three main architectural types of barns that could be turned into a home: box construction barn, cruck framed barn and post & truss barn. Each one is different, therefore requiring unique approaches to conversion. In this blog post, we’re going to take a closer look at each to give you a better insight into the different types of barns. 


The first type of barn is a box construction barn. What makes up this type of barn is actually very simple, it means that the entire structure of the barn is supported by its four walls – the front, back, left and right walls. 



A cruck framed barn is slightly more complex than the former box construction barn. They share the similarity that the walls of the barn support the structure. But with this type of barn, the walls are aided in support by internal timber A-frames. 



Lastly, the post and truss barn is different from the others. To support the entire weight of the roof, an internal timber frame is used. This timber frame then adjoins with vertically placed posts for added support. 



When converting a barn, there is an aspect that these different types of barns share. And that is they must meet certain requirements to be able to be converted under permitted development rights. 

Since 2014, agricultural buildings have been accepted under permitted developments rights, as long as these factors are considered:

  • Is the barn a listed building?
  • You may be required to use specific windows 
  • You could be required to hide particular features of your barn 
  • The brickwork repair must match the original 


Barn conversions are an amazing property venture. That being said, renovating a barn can be a challenging project to undertake; sometimes coming with hidden surprises and costs. 

Also, permitted development rights mean a barn renovation can go ahead without the need for planning permission, but you then have to consider the requirements and regulations. 

To sum up, if you’re hoping to convert a barn to turn into a home, then you’d best hire a construction company to handle the project. Bespoke Norfolk Group has extensive experience with all types of renovation work. We have the ability and skills to take a project from start to finish ourselves.

To find out how Bespoke Norfolk Group could help you with your barn renovation, get in touch with us today. 

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