A guide to external materials for your barn conversion
A barn was originally built to fulfill an agricultural function and not to house people. It won’t come with the practicalities a home needs, such as weatherproofing and the external materials you choose for your project will have a huge impact on how it looks. This is something you will need to factor into your design and renovation process while taking into account the existing structure that you need to work with.
Depending on your existing barn and how it was constructed you may wish to reclad the building. If you have a metal frame, the barn will probably have a concrete blockwork base to around 1m and be clad above in metal sheeting. Retaining the metal sheeting isn’t always practical or robust enough for a dwelling and you may wish to reclad.
Barns are not cheap to convert. Surprisingly, considering they already have 4 walls and sometimes a roof, it can cost almost as much as starting from scratch and building a new build home on the same site.