Barn Conversion | Ashleigh Clarke
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Barn Conversion

Barn Conversions Planning a barn to house conversion?

Barn conversions make stunning, spacious homes full of character, but they weren’t built for human comfort and they weren’t always built to last! With their oak beams, stonework and timber cladding, barns are an integral part of the Cotswold landscape. Many, however, are in a poor state of repair or need complex technical engineering to ensure that extra floors, adequate water and heating, even internal staircases can be safely added. It’s not simply age that is against many barns – modern barn conversions can throw up just as many structural issues as traditional ones. But for all our clients, barn conversions are well worth the extra effort and permissions to create unique living spaces.

We design in tandem with structural engineers and surveyors as well as the conservation advisors to provide a complete solution from the foundations up.

Ancillary annexe to a Cotswolds home, Cotswolds

We love this ancillary annexe design combining timber cladding and traditional features such as Cotswolds stone with clever use of a contemporary zinc panelled roof to create the agricultural look of a barn. We have incorporated glass panelled doors and windows to flood the interiors with light and to create a beautiful additional living and home office space in a design that is sympathetic to the main family home which is also set within the grounds.

I have a Listed Building, who should I go to for architectural advice?

As Cotswold based architects, we are specialists in alterations to Listed Buildings Grades I and II and work in close collaboration with The Heritage Advisory. Many of our projects are either Listed or Heritage sites and we offer expert professional advice on sympathetic, architectural alterations to traditional Cotswold buildings.

I want to convert a barn to residential. What additional permissions do I need?

You will need Planning Permission and change of use permission. You may not need full Planning Permission and should apply for Class Q Permitted Development if:

  • the building was in agricultural use on or before 20th March 2013
  • it is not a Listed Building, or in an AONB, National Park or a conservation area

Paragraph 79 is the country house exemption clause. You may be able to get permission to build “an exceptional one-off house on a site where refusal would normally be expected.”

However, it is still important to check this with either your local planning authority or seek advice from your architect.

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