Barn Conversion Interior Design
August 29, 2012
Barn Conversion Interior Design
Some Things To Consider
Barns bring with them a whole series of other complications compared to other ways to build a new home. However they offer something quite unique and it is the chance to own your part of the countryside quite often they are in beautiful rural locations and not too overlooked. More often than not due to the age of the property utility services can be an issue, so if you are someone that loves gas then quite often this is a compromise you have to make. Mains gas is rarely in these properties so you may have to go down the LPG route which burns differently to gas. So on elements like hobs and ranges these need to be able to work with LPG so do check with the manufacturer, or alternatively going with all electric powered appliances and there are some great induction hobs now.
Barn Conversion Interior Design- Living Space
With a barn conversion interior design has a new set of challenges firstly living is laid out differently due to the shape of many barns. It means that living spaces are often in a line and there is almost always a common through fair or corridor to allow you to go through the buildings without going through the rooms. So if you are used to living in a modern home then this will be quite a change; for example you may have quite a walk from one end of the house to another.
More often than not these building are listed and not designed originally for living in so there are usually some restrictions on what you can do. Windows tend to be quite small with usually one main window that was once used to get carts in. Windows cannot usually be changed and therefore these also dictate to a degree where living spaces go. There are many consideration and things to be aware of.
Barn Conversion Interior Design – Barn Conversion Interiors
Personally I have no preference as to how the inside should be done, a purist may state that it should be done in a country style or something to reflect the tone of the barn conversion interior design is supposed to be free from constraint, personally I think that as it was never meant for residential use, the sky is the limit. After all old listed wooden mills have been done in to flats or homes that are very modern, so I see no reason why not a barn when converted. It comes down to personal taste. However I would aire a degree of caution after all there are elements that would be seen from the outside, so making it too over modern would cause a clash. But I sincerely believe that we all live inside our houses, we have to design them to meet our needs, not the needs of what others think so let your barn conversion interior design ideas run wild.
Barn Conversion Interior Design – Costing
When you are converting a barn there are other benefits financially such as the VAT on listed buildings. When renovating a building VAT is usually at 5% for certain criteria, as most barns are listed either grade I or grade II then they are usually zero VAT rated. You would be well advised to speak to an accountant and check on the status of the barn you buy for conversion. This means that the contractor you use must bill you at the zero rate of VAT. So when you are pricing you need the price exclusive of VAT, from a client point of view this means your pound goes 20% further, so you could spend it on improving the space you have or make that barn conversion interior design a little more luxurious.
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Due to our recent dealings on a barn conversion interior we had to speak to HMRC and I can tell you this luxury is not going to last too much longer. HMRC have decided to end this tax haven and exclude listed buildings from the VAT tax savings they have enjoyed. So if you are currently working on a barn conversion, then bear in mind any invoices raised after the 1st October 2012 will have to include VAT without exception. If you want me to point you in the direction of a VAT specialist then let me know and drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number
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Because of the listed nature of most of these building it is very important to hire the correct architect; it was nice to see an architect who went in to so intricate detail on the barn we were involved in one that considered the barn conversion interior design so well. This highlights the importance of finding someone competent when planning your barn conversion. Someone who is experienced in this will save huge amounts of time. This is because listed building design is far more complicated than a new build, this is a bit of a dark art in itself. So make sure the architect you are speaking to has and can demonstrate experience on these type of projects.
Now the bad news is out of the way and if you are still thinking of carrying out this work then another thing to consider getting done is a 3d model of the barn conversion interior design in its full glory, this would give you a thorough understanding of how it will work as a home. We did this on a client’s behalf whilst we were modelling a kitchen for a barn conversion and have included a low res version for you to see.