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Choosing the right doors for your barn conversion

Choosing the right doors for your barn conversion

So, you’ve chosen your barn, you’ve started your renovation work, now it’s time to hone-in on those finishing touches.

No doubt you’ve been busy comparing designs, colours and patterns, picking out furnishings and fittings that complement the character of the building. Among the most important features of your new home will be your doors.

Doors not only complete the feel of the property, you’ll be looking at them every day, so you want to get the style right first time.

Solid oak ledge and brace doors

If you want to maintain a traditional look, the solid oak ledge and brace design is a popular choice.

These doors feature vertical planks of wood offset by horizontal ledges, creating a unique contrast. Handcrafted using solid oak, the doors are particularly hard wearing yet still look charming hung in barn conversions and country cottages alike.

Sunlight will help to highlight the natural colours and tones in the oak, while interior lighting will pick out more intricate features, such as graining and smaller markings that may have previously gone unnoticed.

Period oak doors look great when accentuated with rustic features, too. In particular, thick iron hinges, latches and handles look striking against the lighter shades.

Where to buy them

If you’ve settled on solid oak ledge and brace doors, your next decision is where to source them. You could buy them brand new and have them delivered to you either pre-finished or unfinished, but bear in mind that you’ll probably need to pay extra for the iron fixtures.

If you buy them new and pre-finished, make sure you source them from a reputable company. Good quality oils should be used to treat the wood which – as well as making the doors look great – will also provide an additional level of protection against any spillages or oily handprints.

You could re-purpose old doors, which may be cheaper than buying them new – and will help you to achieve that ‘rustic’ look, if that’s what you’re after. Try looking on sites such as eBay or Gumtree, or visiting local reclamation yards to see if you can salvage the doors. The only issue with buying second hand is that you may not be able to source the amount you need in a matching design to fit out your entire home. But if yours is a ‘green’ renovation project, where you’re trying to be environmentally friendly, this may be your best bet.

Don’t forget, if the barn was fitted with solid oak doors before the conversion, you could always re-use these. Some work might be required to restore them to their former glory, but it will be worth the effort to be able to showcase the barn’s original features.

How Bespoke Builders can help

If you’re at the early stages of planning a barn conversion or renovation project, why not get in touch with us to see how we can help you to create your dream home?

We’re experts in barn conversions and have years of experience in transforming old buildings into beautiful, character-filled homes. Our wealth of knowledge allows us to advise on and assist with the many challenges associated with renovation, from planning permission and local authority regulations, to the safe removal of roosting wildlife. To speak with one of our friendly team members, simply give us a call or pop in to see us at our Bristol offices.

Building The Dream: A Guide to Barn Renovations & Conversions written by Bespoke’s founder, Daniel Arathoon, is available to buy now.