Bespoke Windows and Doors for Barn Conversions

Changes to permitted development rights in 2018 have increased the number of applications for barn conversions across the UK. The revisions have increased the likelihood that Class Q applications will be approved and have allowed up to 5 residential properties to be created from agricultural buildings.

Hinson Custom Made has certainly seen a growth in orders for oversized doors, made to measure windows and bespoke staircases for barn conversions in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

Retaining Character during a Barn Conversion

The challenge of transforming an agricultural building into a residential property, or two, is to achieve a practical living space, whilst retaining the character that attracted you in the first place.

Barn conversions are effective when they offer open plan living, so avoid dividing it up into lots of smaller spaces. Make the most of the grand entrance, by installing impressive, oversized doors. Retain detailing such as old beams and timber cladding or stonework and incorporate these into the design.

Most barn conversions will require the addition of windows, but standard dimensions rarely work. As we create bespoke, made to measure windows, it is possible to come up with something unique, which replicates detailing in the original barn. From a large arched window above the main entrance to multiple long, narrow windows which give the illusion of beams, almost anything is possible.

Contact Hinson Custom Made on 01908 516333 for further information on bespoke windows, doors and staircases for barn conversions.

VAT Tax breaks for Barn Conversions

One of the advantages of a barn conversion over a listed building is the opportunity to benefit from tax breaks. If the property:

● Had not previously been used as a dwelling

● Provides self-contained living accommodation

● Has gained statutory planning consent

If this relates to your property a reduced VAT rate of 5% can be paid for all building work and materials used in the fabric of the building. This includes window and door installation, as well as bespoke staircases, however, it does not apply to architects, surveyors, site supervisors or furniture.

Bat Surveys in Barn Conversions

One element that you may not have considered as part of your barn conversion is a bat survey. Bats are protected under UK and EU legislation, so it is illegal to disturb a roost. It is considered highly likely that barns and other agricultural buildings will contain bats.

For this reason, a bat survey is usually required in order to gain planning permission. You can find further information here: