Just as we recycle our household objects and old clothes from our closets, architects in the United Kingdom have found ingenious methods of barn conversion in Kent and Sussex. The use of older buildings for the purposes of modern life is nothing new. However the look given these often ancient structures has risen to new levels of interior and exterior aesthetics. Those interested in converting a barn on their property in Kent or Sussex County, should be aware of all this endeavour entails and Vernacular Homes will take you through everything required, (Trevor Weeks, one of our directors, can be contacted on 01233 861177).
Benefits of Barn Conversion
Barns were historically built for the purposes of agriculture. They held livestock, feed grains, farm equipment and machinery. Barns were generally given a wide central space where action could occur. Because of this, these structures typically provide a spaciousness not usually seen in most buildings. This gives them much of their appeal. When professionally converted, these wide open areas lend themselves to large rooms and airy floor plans.
The downstairs of a barn can become a first floor area that takes advantage of its higher than average ceiling potential. Usually the ground floor height of a converted barn is double than you would find in a standard modern building. This ground floor can also be divided into several rooms, with walls inserted using the existing wood timbers and framework.
Uses for Converted Barns
Once converted, a barn on your property can be utilized in a variable plethora of ways. Many people prefer to use their barn as their full time residence, making full use of the available space. The upstairs can be used to create bedrooms, with the larger lower floor providing the perfect area for a living room, dining room and country kitchen.
For other homeowners, their barn will be made residential, but used as a guest house for visiting family and friends. Often a barn that has been converted is used for commercial purposes. This may be when a residential conversion is later turned into rental property or holiday accommodation. With this method, a direct income can result from use of the barn after its conversion status is complete.
Other owners may be eager to convert existing barns and farm property to make a new location for their business. The central structure of a barn and the open areas it provides can make for a striking work place. This is especially inviting to those companies for whom a creative work place is vital for the services they perform.
A Barn Conversion Must Be Professionally Planned
It is always preferable to work with a company that specializes in barn conversions before you get started. Their team would be experienced with not just the conversion of barns, but with other period building restorations as well. A building company that has worked in Sussex and Kent also understands how the building process must be conducted in these geographic areas.
Permission and Applications
When you work with a building conversion company, their representatives are also there to help you gain the proper permission you will need from local planning boards before getting started. The expertise they offer with the planning and building applications from your local government can be invaluable. Members of their team will be by your side from the first architectural sketches through to the completion of your building. This is true of barns that have been converted for either residential or commercial usage.
Conversion of Older Structures is Good for the UK
The act of converting a barn in Kent or Sussex is good for the Kent and Sussex area, as it is ecologically sound for the United Kingdom as a whole. Not only does it prevent further decay, but a conversion remedies possibly unsafe conditions. The reinventing of these spaces allows for much needed living and working environments. With professional barn conversions, a historic aspect of the British countryside is preserved with pride.
Converting barns into luxurious residential properties is a speciality for Vernacular Homes, you can contact us on 01233 861177.