Karenna Wilford Architects Ltd 2019

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Agricultural redevelopments

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.

"KWA came highly recommended as the practice had experience with converting redundant agricultural buildings into housing. They offered practical advice and were involved in the project from inception to the planning application stage. The design was innovative and exceeded the brief I gave, which was to design a new eco-friendly five bedroom house in a rural location. Karenna and her team were extremely professional and easy to work with, I would not hesitate to recommend them."

L. Wrightson

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.

“… They listened to what we wanted and the resulting design used the restricted space very creatively… We are delighted with the results and enjoyed working with Karenna and her team. “  

Alistair MacKenzie


“…Karenna and her team have helped us beyond all expectation to design a first-floor extension and have shown such creativity in suggesting concepts that we would never had imagined.”   

Dr Christopher Baxter-Jones

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."

Richard Ross

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