Converting redundant agricultural buildings for housing or commercial use
Planning laws now allow for the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings to residential dwellings (up to 450 square metres for up to 3 dwellings) and also for commercial uses (up to 150 square metres or up to 500 square metres for schools or nurseries). While there are a number of restrictions such as listed buildings or being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this situation nonetheless presents significant opportunities for farm owners.
"This is the second time that I have used Karenna Wilford Architects. I asked her to provide a re-design for a tired and badly laid out property. Karenna went beyond the brief and produced three different designs to meet different budget levels for potential purchasers. Karenna liaised with the appointed estate agent and his feedback has been exceptional. Karenna’s three designs are innovative and made the most of the amazing site but were also realistic in terms of feasibility. I would have no hesitation in recommending Karenna and her team."
Karenna Wilford Architects have experience of both residential and commercial development as well as the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings. We can guide your ideas and turn them into creative plans that best meet your goals while staying within budget. We work with Planning Consultants, where appropriate, to maximise the potential development.
"In my role as a Quantity Surveyor I have worked with the Karenna Wilford Architectural Practice on a number of projects.
I can highly recommend the Practice. I have always found the Practice to be very professional, practical, reliable, and good to work with.
The designs, drawings, and specifications provided by the Practice are consistently of a high standard."
To see details of some of the variety of projects that we have designed and managed go to our Projects page
Bespoke project management
We also offer a full project management service which provides: professional management of the building work, obtaining competitive quotes to give value for money as well as managing contractors and Building Regulations for a smooth process.
As a Chartered Practice registered with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board), we are professionally qualified and conform to their strict criteria. Our fees are set within the guidelines provided by the RIBA.
"I have carried out a few barn conversions as a developer but bought this one for a family home. Karenna and her team were very professional and managed to get planning permission to convert a barn and outbuildings into a 5 bedroomed house with garaging and stables. I am really pleased with the result, the sense of space with high ceilings and quality of light is just what we wanted."
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