Previously our buyer’s guide for barns for sale highlighted some of the potential obstacles that buying a barn may bring for buyers and this article looks deeper at some of those issues particularly for those wanting to undertake a DIY conversion project.
With the trend for converting unused rural buildings showing no signs of abating, the demand for barns to convert is still strong.
There are many reasons for this since the buyer will be able to create a unique and modern property that is found in an idyllic location and it’s been designed to their own needs and specification.
Along with the high ceilings and the time worn materials, there’s a huge opportunity to create a unique family home by utilising modern methods to create an interior that will impress.
It should also be highlighted that despite three or four decades of converting barns into quality homes does not mean there are no quality buildings left for conversion.
Farm barns for sale coming onto the market
Indeed, it seems there’s going to be no shortage of farm barns for sale coming onto the market which are ripe for conversion.
The barns themselves were built for a variety of purposes and not all have been used for providing protection for cattle or sheep but they have also been used for stabling, storing grain and providing cover for expensive farm machinery.
As a consequence, these barns are often unique buildings with a variety of materials used in their construction but there are also with some particular issues that must be dealt with.
Develop one of the many converted barns for sale
Even if someone who has the money and the skills to undertake a DIY conversion project wants to do so they should still look carefully at whether the building itself is able to be converted effectively or they could also develop one of the many converted barns for sale.
Not every used farm building has the potential for becoming a lovely family home and buyers of old barns for sale need to be aware of this fact.
Others who do buy them must appreciate that they must like the property as it currently stands since the planning authorities will be looking for the barn to retain its agricultural character and avoid looking like a house.
This is an important consideration because the buyer must be happy with its original appearance because they will only be allowed to undertake cosmetic changes and the changes they do make must be done in similar materials which can add substantially to the conversion cost.
This also leads to the question of whether the old barn for sale is large enough for the proposed conversion into a family home; planners will be reluctant to add garages and extensions unless absolutely necessary and if they do not contravene planning rules or impede on other properties.
Finally, when looking at barns for sale it’s important to envisage what the final property will look like, particularly with issues over how natural light can be created since many barns are built with small openings for ventilation or have a large door for cart access; we will come to some of these issues in the next buyer’s guide on barnsforsale.com.