Our new book is now available!

Our new book is now available!

We are really proud to announce the release of Daniel Arathoon’s self-published book about barn conversions. Daniel is Bespoke’s founder and has written this guest blog for us to describe what inspired him to write his book.

Throughout my career, I’m often asked the same questions: how do you get started with a barn conversion? How do you finance the project? How do you know which barn is a sound investment and how do you budget effectively? I love answering these questions from excited would-be converters, and about a year and a half ago I thought I might try writing down some of the answers.

In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like the prospect of a new barn conversion because you never know what you’re going to get and the challenges and treasure troves you’ll uncover. Where else could you discover an eleven metre piece of timber installed in a main wall, 5 foot above floor level that you have to stoop to walk underneath each time you enter the building – and that the farmer’s grandfather’s grandfather transported from Avonmouth to Bristol by horse and cart? Stories like this form the joy and the beauty of barn conversions and it’s why I love working on them.

Barn conversions are my passion, and it’s one that everyone at Bespoke also shares. We want to encourage people to share our enthusiasm, and to help them to turn their dreams into reality. This book is not a manual, it’s not even a how-to guide, because there are so many ways to go about creating your perfect barn. Instead, I like to think of it as a starting point, an ethos, an insight into approaching a project the Bespoke way.

Bespoke is surrounded by a team with a wealth of experience and expertise – master joiners, project managers, designers, site managers, the list is endless. It’s a diverse team of seasoned professionals, and I drew on advice from everyone to create this book.

So ‘Building the Dream: A Guide To Barn Renovations & Conversions’ is a holistic look at the journey of creating your dream home; it highlights things you need to think about at each stage – choosing your barn, the planning process, financial considerations, and every aspect of the build right up to how to care for your new home once you’ve moved in.

I hope you’ll find it an interesting and encouraging read, and that my passion for this quirky, unique, difficult, exhilarating, charming aspect of the industry will inspire you to get started.

If you want to start building your own dream, find out more about Daniel’s barn conversion book or order a copy on Amazon.