Choosing The Right Style For Your Barn Conversion

Choosing The Right Style For Your Barn Conversion

As a barn conversion and renovation specialist, it’s really important to everyone at Bespoke that we preserve the heritage and provenance of the barns we work on.

With this in mind, one of the things we talk to clients about right at the beginning of a project is choosing a design and style that achieves the balance of a one-of-kind home yet still remains in-keeping with the character of the barn.

Here are a few of the design styles that I’ve found many clients opt for:

Traditional design

These barns keep as much of the original building as unchanged as possible, on both the exterior and interior. Using existing features such as structural beams, stone walls, or a cider press can truly retain your barn’s rustic, traditional history. You can also add period features to enhance this, such as timber or stone walls, staircases, and flooring, or a traditional kitchen, oven and wood burning stove.

Modern and contemporary

Whilst traditional designs try to maintain the style of an original building, a modern, contemporary style allows you to transform your barn into something fresh and new. This often means replicating the features and characteristics of the barn using modern day materials. Work with a designer and architect when converting your barn, as using clever finishes such as carpet flooring, rendered walls, double glazed windows and openings, or installing a modern kitchen, can completely transform the look of your barn without having to compromise its authenticity and heritage.

Industrial Design

An industrial design incorporates utilitarian features to make the barn look like an industrial building or business. This can be achieved with simple additions such as using red brick walls, and more importantly, period and metallic features for doors and surfaces. You can further expand on this look with clever use of exposed pipework, colourways, and clean sleek lines.

In our experience, most people choose this style if their barn was originally an industrial or manufacturing building. Where there are existing industrial features, it’s much easier (and more authentic) to then design the barn accordingly.

If you’re planning to design and build your own barn and would like a far more detailed explanation of the complexities and joys of barn conversions, then order a copy of our founder Daniel Arathoon’s book ‘Building The Dream: A Guide To Barn Renovations And Conversions’. This coffee table book covers every aspect of barn design and layout from walls, joists and roofing to energy systems.

Alternatively, give us a call at the Bespoke offices, or pop in to say hello.