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Approvals and Expenses You Need to Consider Before Carrying Out Barn Conversions

Barn conversions seemed to have become an important occurrence in the United Kingdom and perhaps elsewhere in the world. It also seems that many buyers and investors are simply casting money at shabby barns. But you can get surprised at how these old barns turn to nice homes. Renovating a barn and changing it into something else is a tough job although it may seem too easy. People planning to convert their barns are often plagued with a number of tasks before they could even get the conversion started. In fact, there are several concerns to deal with and many violations to avert. In other words, doing a research is part of your prudent planning. This is quite necessary before even calling up a company to deal with all the construction stuff. In fact, converting your barn is an exciting idea and a good investment, but being totally aware of what you are doing will save you from inconvenient problems and hassles later. So take it slow and don’t rush through things.

Obtaining permission is a really tough thing during the planning stage because you cannot just redo your old barn like you are just changing your clothes. There are legislations to follow when building new structures or renovating old structures. And it is of basic importance that these rules be followed to avoid legal penalties and issues that would hamper the progress of construction. The tricky thing about barn conversion is that it should retain the look of the original building. In other words, too much change is not going to earn you an approval. This is why homeowners contract planning officers and construction firms or builders before doing anything to a long-standing barn. People in the construction business know a lot about the legalities regarding building construction and renovation. If you are renovating your barn to become a living unit, then you must abide by the rules and policies.

The approval process can get ages so be warned. When you purchase a barn, for instance, and then submit your building plans at the local council office, please do not anticipate you’ll get a call the next day. The property is going to be surveyed and evaluated for precise assessment. In fact, part of this tedious process involves submission of copies of plans more than once, and homeowners or investors could really get taxed or annoyed by this process. Just be patient and cooperate properly because this all ends up to approval assuming there are no problems with your documents. If you are no engineer or architect, it is suggested that you hire one or contract a builder, who drafts the building plan. Well, you need this professional and you might need more than one building professional as a matter of fact.

The cost of barn conversion relies upon several factors like size of the barn, preferred design, and location. Builders may charge bigger rates if the location is far or if the design is more complex. Of course, you can spend more if your barn is bigger. It is unusual to spend little for barn conversion because many old sheds require major restoration to make them suitable for living. Old and neglected barns have suffered from deterioration that calls for extensive overhaul.

Since local planners impose restrictions on restoration and conversion, they inadvertently increase the cost of the whole process. Because you cannot remake your barn and make it look like something else, then you would have to work only to restore, and not ruin nor change, the overall structure. This process is often costlier because restoring the integrity of a barn and making it look like a home is a tough process requiring intensive skill and care on the part of the builder. So it is suggested to really have some cash to expend throughout the process. You should also expect other expenditures like sewage, water, and electric systems and connections, unless you want to have a feel of a five century old barn.

Jo is a writer for ‘EBL Group Limited’ ( http://www.eblgroup.co.uk ), a family managed, highly respected and expert home and industrial builders based in Runcorn Cheshire. If you are looking for builders who are professionals in barn conversions, complete construction, and property improvement and repair then you ought to check out EBL Group.

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Top 3 Uses For An Old Barn

Who would have thought that those old, dilapidated, weather-beaten barns you see standing in the fields along our highways are actually quite green? Long after their usefulness for storing hay and protecting farm equipment and livestock from mother nature has past, they can begin a new life, or lives, in many ways.

When an old barn is dismantled, or deconstructed, carefully, it can provide a wealth of valuable, recycled building materials for countless individuals looking to be more environmentally friendly.

The top use is at the top of the barn. A high quality slate shingle roof can last 100 years or more. Carefully removing and packing the slate shingles will allow them to be reinstall on another roof to provide years of protection from the weather. I have also seen artists who paint country or farm scenes on recycled slate shingles that are then sold at craft shows.

The next use on the list comes from the long, wide boards that were used for the vertical siding. These planks can be as much as twenty-four inches wide. Quite often these boards are reused for finish flooring in homes. Some other popular uses are kitchen cabinets, bookcases, wall paneling and more types of furniture than I could ever list here.

The third use comes from the large, and sometimes enormous, posts and beams that make up the framework of the barn. Occasionally these frames are disassembled then rebuilt to provide the framework of a brand new building. More often than not, these timbers are used as a decorative, rather than structural part of a home.

There is actually a fourth use for these old structures. Many barns were built on cut sandstone foundations. These huge pieces of rock can be cut or chiseled into almost anything.

So you see, with some creative thinking, careful planning and a good bit of hard work, something old can most definitely be something new again.

Now that you know what to do with an old barn, let us help you find plans for a new barn today.

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Old Barn Means Timber Reclamation and a New Life for Homes and Barns

The use of large hand hewed timber logs was state of the art standard material for homes and barns back over a century ago. With the innovation of the industrial revolution and the need for homes to be quickly erected, new building technologies were invented and highly productive saw mills were built to meet the demand. Nails were not used at this time, but the beams were notched and then holes drilled by hand with a peg driven into that hole to keep major beams together. Some nails were used called cut nails where a sheet or plate of steel as made in a mill of a certain thickness and the nails were literally stamped out making this nail. These nails were expensive and they were usually made of hot rolled steel and hot heat treated which caused these nails to break under a heavy hammer blow.

So with the homes using 2″ x 6″ and I mean real 2″ x 6″ studding and nails made from wire which is a lot cheaper and new construction techniques, homes and even barns were built a lot quicker, just as strong and is some cases stronger and cheaper in both labor and materials caused Timber Bans and homes to fall our of favor and no loner built except for the Amish, but they did use the saw mills to make the large timber beams for their structural strength.

One must understand with timber built barns, the spacing of structural members is less and actually uses less lumber, but it is the matter of handling these heavy beams that caused a lot of problems and also a lot of injuries and even deaths. Slowly timber barns and homes were no longer made but a few for the Amish who wanted that style of barn and they had plenty of help to make this adventure happen.

I still hear of these barns still being raised by an small army of Amish neighbors getting together for a old fashion barn building, or a frolic as it is known. The men would toil from early morning till the sun set in the evening and the wives would cook the meals feeding the hungry crew and for those not old enough to help in the barn building, they would play always under the watchful eye of everyone on the site because it was a dangerous area.

If all of the materials were purchase and on site this entire project would be done within a week at which time hay would be stored in the upper loft and the horses in their new stalls with sawdust under their feet and to serve as their bedding. I have been in many a barn and they are as magnificent as some of the great palatial homes or mansions that were built by the wealthy of this country. If I had a choice of owning the Breakers or the Singer mansion or I fine Amish barn, I would pick the mansion, sell it and purchase several barns to live in. However, I would not share my barn with the horses, they would have their own.

But that was the past, and this is the present. There is a group of Amish builders who I know that finds old barns and take them down piece by piece and gently removing the timbers for another life. Each piece is inspected including the barn shielding or outer cover for a potential new life and if it passes it is steamed cleaned to remove any critters that have made a home there for they are not welcomed in the new life of the wood. The large timbers get the same treatment and steamed, but for a longer time. They do not use any chemicals because of potential hazards and steam will kill or remove all critters and bacteria. Some of this wood is used in making new homes as décor or even structural members and the outer covering is used as décor or furniture is made of it and I have several pieces on display in my new store. Those pieces that do not pass are sent on to another group who use those pieces into distinct arts and crafts and if too bad, it is used as firewood. Nothing is wasted.

Homes are now built with these reclaimed beams and barn wood for an entire house or to make a barn on someone’s property that can afford such a building. They are not inexpensive and it takes skilled craftsmen to use these timbers in the most effective manner and to give the desire affect. They usually work with the architect of the home to create for the homeowner this special effect.

Having a home with reclaimed beams is not only a wonderful décor item, but a bit of history is within that home. I have a sister in law with such a family room and it is just wonderful to see these huge beams going across the room creating the cathedral ceiling. Now just because they have it, you can also have these beams as part of your home cottage or even an old barn right on your property. The Amish have reclaimed the wood and steamed it to remove the critters and they build your dream home.

These Amish timber home builders travel to all parts of the country and will work many weeks at a time to finish the project. I was talking with the owner, Abe and they were doing a home in West Virginia and the nearest hotel was at least an hour away. So an arrangement was made and the men brought their sleeping bags and slept on the floor of the couples very small home that they were going to move out of and into the new timber home to save that two plus hours day traveling and could get more work done and the owners wife prepared 3 meals a day for the Amish workers and can they eat. Abe told me she got up very early in the morning to make the home made biscuits, bacon, gravy and eggs for their breakfast every morning with also a healthy lunch and supper. The man had to go to work so all were tired when the evening sun was leaving the western sky.

They told me that they had no problem sleeping and enjoyed the stay and I asked about sleeping on the floor and he told me no one had a problem with that at all. The only problem they had was the rainy days where work was limited, but work was still done and of course Sunday all rested. The Amish never work on Sunday.

The home was finally finished and now they are back to Ohio and in my last discussion with Abe, they are going to do homes Amish style where ever people want them. They do not have to be an Amish Timber home but just a high quality home for those that are very fussy and work to the highest standards.

One thing that I was impressed is that for a barn owner now has a choice. The barn can be just destroyed and what a shame, or its beams and siding can removed used for other homes or barns and the siding used for furniture and I have same of this marvelous barn furniture that I will keep for myself and also one can have a barn completely restored. I am not sure of the Red Man Chewing Tobacco sign, but it can be either painted or coated to keep the rustic look to make it last for another life.

As I travel around, I look for old barns that can be torn down gently and reclaimed and would be a piece of history for a new owner to be enjoyed even more than its previous life.

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