One thing for sure is living in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds you are full of farm land and that means plenty of un use agriculture building and barns. Ck Architectural have a lot of experience in the finer points of converting barns though great design and knowledge on the relevant planning polies. These disused and n loved building can be designed into excellent modern living space in the heart of the open countryside. You can enjoy all the modern comforts of new builds with a traditional period twist. Typically, you will need to work with the existing structure and where possible a rusty old barn becomes a bespoke aluminium sliding door arrangement. You can enjoy warmth and comfort with beautiful views out across courtyards, fields, woods and hills.
There has been a push recently to unlock more of these disused barns and agricultural building form the government it is still not straight forward. The part Q lawful development or prior notice scheme will allow converting a barn into a separate dwelling if it follows certain criteria. The permitted development route can often mean no planning is required and we can design the best layout within the structure. If you cannot get it through via the permitted development route, then we are back to the same processes for any new build only there are strict polices in place against new dwelling in the open countryside. If the infrastructure is in place and established residential curtilage large enough for splitting the title, then we can move forward. Like all new build projects, we would get all the relevant information, requirements and determine the likelihood of success before jumping in. Our team will be able to give the best advice regarding obtaining planning permission and take you through each stage before gaining planning approval. Before starting do consider that barns can contain protected species of animals and some building are listed.
Once you have your permission in place its time to produce the detailed construction and building regulations drawings. Barns can often be poorly built, adding more weight can be difficult and using the external walls and finish will form a planning condition, typically we can water proof and insulate the walls. Service and drainage are the next challenge, septic tanks and oil boilers are a requirement when mains sewers, gas and electric is not available. We will take you through all the options available and consider the limitation through the design phase. You will get a will Detailed set of building regulations drawings that will allow you to go to tender and a guide for the build.