Grand Designs: Barn Conversion Guide

"Looking up at the huge trusses of an ancient barn while enjoying the benefits of open-plan living is a covetable combination of historical character and modern convenience that many of us dream of."

Grand Designs magazine commissioned me to write a barn conversion expert guide. 

My five page barn conversion guide titled ‘Rural Regeneration’ was published in the November 2023 issue of the magazine and coincides with the new series of the television programme on Channel 4. The guide is essential reading for those embarking on a barn conversion.

Here is a a link to the Grand Designs website where you can register to view an online version of the magazine. 

Within the barn conversion guide is advice on all major aspects of converting a barn into an energy efficient home. The guide addresses issues such as:

    • The design team. Which consultants will I require in my team?
    • Statutory permissions. What about planning and Building Regulations approvals? What other legislation might apply?
    • Costs. How much will my project cost and what should I budget for?
    • Design tips. Can you offer any professional design advice?
    • Energy efficiency. How can I make my building as sustainable as possible?
Accompanying the article are a selection of some of my favourite barn conversions.

Hopefully, readers will find the guide worthwhile. Should you have any questions, or wish to discuss a potential project, please feel free to contact me.

(Image credits, except right, from Grand Designs magazine)