However, the desire for barn conversions is even more robust since the pandemic, with city penthouse dwellers desperate to find their country home with a different lifestyle. So, why are barn conversions so popular?
A distinctly different rural home
There is a vast range of property types when it comes to rural living. There’s a style to suit everyone, from the centuries-old rambling cottage to the Georgian pile. However, a barn conversion stands out as unique, and of course, given its origins, is a decisively ‘country’ option.
However, the appeal goes much further:
Full-height entrances and windows
There are some interesting rules around barn conversions. One means that windows can only use existing openings. This leads to wonderful full height windows using the old cart-height entrance. These windows, flooding the interior with light and a sense of space, are a remarkable feature. In addition, internal windows and mezzanines allow light to transfer throughout the property.
Volume and space
Barn conversions are typically large. They have benefited from the open-plan trend in combination with their large windows. The ceilings are impressively high and aesthetically pleasing with exposed beams. The often vaulted ceilings and open plan interior allow for contemporary styling in a characterful property.
It almost comes with the territory that a barn conversion will be somewhere beautifully rural. The location will always be on or near a previously, or currently, working farm. Their garden space is usually ample but limited; you don’t often get the large scale gardens you would with many large country properties. This makes it more manageable for many looking for a country home. Yet, you will be surrounded by beautiful countryside and treated to walks and great views from your doorstep.