Barn Conversions – All you need to know

When it comes to the interior of the barn, you will normally be working with one or two large open spaces which lends itself well to open plan living. However, barn living doesn’t need to be cold and breezy or lacking in cozy corners. A great way to divide up the space is to include some large internal sliding doors or bifold doors which can be closed to keep spaces cozy and heating contained in specific living spaces.

Depending on your personal style, there are many sliding and folding door hardware choices available on the market. However, I would recommend using large bottom rolling door hardware to tie in with the traditional rustic aesthetic of barns. Make sure whatever brand you choose uses quality stainless steel sliding door tracks in the door hardware to ensure they continue slide effortlessly for many years to come.

Keeping a converted barn cool in summer and warm and winter can sometimes be quite a challenge. Traditionally, most barns are not will insulated, use thin glazing and generally do not sit on a concrete slab. You will need to work with your builder or architect on selecting quality insulation and making the building air tight. Be sure to use double or triple glazed glass in all windows and exterior folding doors to maximise energy efficiency.

Barns are obviously usually located in the country side so it makes sense to utilise the surrounds and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. I have seen some terrific conversions where exterior folding systems or full height glass sliding doors have been used to great effect in bringing the outdoors in. These can be fully opened up to virtually eliminate any boundary between nature and the dwelling. If you want hassle free and bug free entertaining however, look into also integrating a pleated insect screen into the design.

So there you have it, go out and find yourself a barn and let your ideas run free!