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What to consider when converting a barn

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What to consider when converting a barn

By Josh Cousens, abbotFox Estate Agents

Living in beautiful rural Norfolk has entitled an array of property developers to consider barn conversions. The scenic countryside that envelops our county is rich with rustic properties that already have been, or have the potential to be converted into spectacular homes. Barn conversions are becoming progressively popular in society and there are a number of alluring factors which draw buyers to them.

So what do you need to consider when thinking about converting a barn?

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Barn conversion kitchen

Well converted barns can create outstanding homes, utilising the character charisma of its former premises, with large open-plan areas, spectacular vaulted ceilings and exquisite exposed timbers. Modern building techniques open the door to stunning juxtapositions within a barn conversion, allowing contemporary interior design to wed seamlessly with the handsome country shell of the home.

Of course barn conversions are not without their hindrances. Authorities have been known to impose restrictions on certain conversions due to their rarity and specific clauses in legislation. However, when barns are converted with a creative accuracy to the correct laws, they are renowned for achieving premiums in the property market, largely thanks to the appeal of a wide demographic of buyers.

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Green Loft

A defined usage of windows can integrate high levels of natural light into a barn conversion, with gable-ends becoming an increasingly popular alternate method of permitting light into your home. Due to the sometimes obscure shape of a barn, developers are permitted a creative rein in how to best exploit the space. Mezzanine floors are intelligent techniques of making the most of the space, while retaining the original character features of the barn.

With ever developing technologies into sustainable living, barn conversions are becoming particularly attractive for individuals who hold a passion for economic development. The option to give a rustic property a 21st century makeover, with newer technologies such as solar powered heating, underfloor heating, and high specification glass will undoubtedly create unique selling points for a barn conversion.

South Barn House

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South Barn House

An attractive detached barn conversion located in a tranquil and serene, rural setting off a private road. The property boasts two additional out buildings which already has consented permission for exciting developments.

Pondside Barn

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Pondside Barn

Pond Side Barn is surrounded by beautiful countryside, enjoying wonderful views. The barn has been skilfully and sympathetically converted for residential use, retaining its character and charm. It features beautifully preserved and restored structural timber in the vaulted lounge in particular.

Manor House Barn

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Manor House Barn

An innovative Grade II listed barn conversion offering an abundance of period charm, with a unique bright and airy feel. A stunning fully glazed gable enables fantastic views over the surrounding countryside, while exposed timbers, vaulted ceilings and slate floors make this home exceptional.