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Barn Conversions

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WHAT DO WE OFFER?

Barn Conversions

At Astrum we hold a wealth of experience in understanding all the planning conditions and constraints involved in the construction of barn conversions. We can assist with the whole construction process from planning & approval of your conversion and design right down to lighting controls and smart home solutions.

The positive of converting existing barn buildings is that they, like new builds, are largely exempt from VAT, which you are currently able to reclaim via HMRC Notice 431C. Also, the strict planning constraints involved in the building of new dwellings in the Countryside are timely and expensive to overcome. Recent changes in planning ‘Permitted Development (PD) rights introduced in early April 2014 have transformed the landscape for anyone wishing to undertake a barn conversion in England (not applicable to the rest of the United Kingdom as it currently stands).

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Barn conversions are the perfect build for those wishing to embrace original design features and character while utilising living space. The beauty of a barn conversion is that they allow for generous room proportions and high ceilings. Alternatively, a barn loft conversion can increase the number of rooms in the property - often with beautiful sloping ceilings that add a vast amount of character.

These types of buildings can be devoid of excessive amounts of natural light. We have found that by installing glass panels and discreet ridge glazing we can give the impression of additional space & light.

We are very conscious of the impact the construction industry is putting on the environment. It is our personal belief that the best barn conversions are as environmentally friendly as they can be. Wherever possible, we recommend the choice to salvage existing materials and features. This makes barn conversions and barn loft conversions a very sustainable option for the home buyer.

Benefits of converting a barn

  • Saves derelict agricultural buildings from ruin
  • Hold a wealth of character
  • Unique structures and design
  • Voluminous double space ceiling heights
  • Ecological
  • Ability to reuse materials
  • Sustainable

A barn conversion is the transformation of a building that was previously used for agricultural purposes into one that is suitable for residential or commercial purposes. 

Barn conversions are typically characterised by a juxtaposition between their rustic exteriors and modern interiors.

They are generally large structures with high ceilings, so a barn conversion is a great way to obtain a property with vast amounts of space.

Barn conversions date back to the 1970s and 1980s. As the use of agricultural buildings began to decline, landowners began to convert their disused barns into residential homes.

Some reasons people choose to convert barns include:

Lots of space. Many barns feature large open-plan areas with vaulted or high ceilings. 

Gorgeous rural locations. Often, barns are situated in areas of the countryside where planning permission would not normally be granted. This can often mean beautiful views, plus quiet surroundings.

Barn conversions retain their value. Especially if a high-quality conversion was carried out and there are no large changes in the surrounding areas (such as a new residential development or road).

They represent the best of the new and the old. The most beautiful barn conversions are those which utilise the traditional characteristics of the building - while adding plenty of modern features and amenities.

  • Open plan living areas
  • Sunrooms
  • High ceilings
  • Mezzanine floors
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass windows 
  • Skylights and roof lights
  • Rural locations with stunning views of the countryside
  • Modern finishes such as glazing, underfloor heating, and more
  • More traditional features such as exposed beams and vaulted ceilings

Due to their unusual location, barn conversions are unique. 

They offer an uncommon amount of space, as well as unbeatable views of the countryside. 

Barn conversions are often commonly located in rural areas, where planning permission to build a normal house would not be granted. This means that they are likely to hold their value in the long term.

The budget for your barn conversion will vary depending on a range of factors:

  • The state of the barn you are intending to convert
  • How complex the design for your barn conversion is
  • The overall size of the project
  • Which professionals you hire for your conversion, and how many
  • The location of your barn conversion
  • The quality and type of your materials

WHAT HAVE WE COMPLETED?

Barn Conversion Projects

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Lordsmead – Barn Conversion

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Top Farm, Wyboston – Multiple Barn Conversions

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Unit 5 and 6 – Barn Conversion, Commercial

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Hardmead – Barn Conversion, Conservation & Restoration

WHAT ELSE DO WE OFFER?

Other Services

STONE WORK
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At Astrum one of the elements of construction that we specialise in is building/extending homes with natural stone, not just because of its inherent characteristics of quality and durability but also due to the fact that it lends itself perfectly to landscapes of rural locations.

Natural stone is a sustainable building material, the process of extracting natural stone from local quarries or reclaimed from nearby demolished buildings is far more ecological that the processes used to create standard building bricks.

Natural stone is:

  • Highly durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Versatile
  • Comes in many shapes and sizes
  • Retains thermal mass
SELF BUILDS
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We can work with you to create the perfect home from the planning stages through to interior design and smart home solutions. We can assist with the design, and work through complications that may arise to ensure you get the exact home you have always dreamed of. We can also provide labour only teams to larger construction projects if required.

We are constantly updating our skills & knowledge of the building industry, we use sustainable materials wherever possible lessening impact on the environment & making your home as energy efficient as possible. We also work with the latest technology in smart home solutions, lighting controls, and security systems.

GARAGE & LOFT CONVERSIONS
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Here at Astrum Construction we can create the extra space you need with a garage or loft conversion.

Garages and lofts are an ideal area to convert for that much-needed living space.

Astrum Construction can turn your garage or loft into an extra bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or living area. Whichever you choose we will ensure it is a space you will love.

EXTENSIONS
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Do you want a bigger kitchen? Want a new bedroom? Let Astrum Construction help you by building an extension. Extensions give you extra space and can add immense value to your property. You can have the extension built exactly how you want. We like to take time to listen to our customers, their ideas and expectations and can offer our expert advice and recommendations.

Our unique approach is based entirely around your needs. You can choose our team to project manage the whole process, from the initial design of your project, through to the build and completion, right down to the last coat of paint. Or you can choose the services which suit you.  The simple staged process enables you to make informed decisions every step of the way.

By working with us, you can be confident that we’ll find the best solution for you and your family, creating the living space you need to suit your lifestyle, and of course, your budget.

CONSERVATION & RESTORATION
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At Astrum Construction we are at the forefront of the refurbishment and restoration industry. We offer all our customers a unique building and refurbishment service which combines with our knowledge of traditional building techniques with modern methods.

Whether you have a traditional building in need of a full refurbishment or a more contemporary building which needs internal refurbishment, Astrum Construction have the expertise for the job.

COMMERCIAL REFURBISHMENT & FITOUTS
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Along with our domestic building services we also offer a wide range of commercial refurbishments including fit out services creating the perfect working environment for your customers, clients and employees.

We can transform your existing building to an open plan working system or install partition walling to separate office spaces if required.

Works that we have undertaken include office fit-out, restaurant extensions, barn conversions to office space and more. We will undertake the whole project from planning to completion, inclusive of all areas from wash rooms to parking areas. You can trust that Astrum will provide you with the perfect environment for your growing business.

BARN CONVERSIONS
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At Astrum we hold a wealth of experience in understanding all the planning conditions and constraints involved in the construction of barn conversions. We can assist with the whole construction process from planning & approval of your conversion and design right down to lighting controls and smart home solutions.

The positive of converting existing barn buildings is that they, like new builds, are largely exempt from VAT, which you are currently able to reclaim via HMRC Notice 431C. Also, the strict planning constraints involved in the building of new dwellings in the Countryside are timely and expensive to overcome. Recent changes in planning ‘Permitted Development (PD) rights introduced in early April 2014 have transformed the landscape for anyone wishing to undertake a barn conversion in England (not applicable to the rest of the United Kingdom as it currently stands).

Barn conversions are the perfect build for those wishing to embrace original design features and character while utilising living space. The beauty of a barn conversion is that they allow for generous room proportions and high ceilings.

Green Valley Farm, Cranfield Road
Astwood, Buckinghamshire MK16 9JU

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