3 Reasons Barn Conversions Will Thrive in 2014

Barn conversions have been massively popular over the past decade as people turn their sights to converting old, disused buildings into large, bespoke homes without the need to start from scratch.  The number of barn conversions is only going to increase, so here’s why those of us in the construction industry need to sit up and get involved in the barn conversion industry.

Straightforward Procedures

Although much of the work necessitated by a barn conversion is bespoke, and requires a lot of dedicated work, construction workers in some sub-industries will be pleased to know that there are some tasks which can be completed quite straightforwardly.  For example, concrete panels can be produced relatively easily by companies such as JP Concrete and used to support the base of the barn, providing it with the extra strength it needs to withhold permanent heavy use.  Similarly, wood or stone floors can be laid in very little time, although this is a task that may need to be put on hold if you intend to create a first floor – a common request from barn conversion owners.

Easy to Style

A barn makes for a fantastic décor project. It’s a perfect blank canvas which the owners of the property can go wild in.  From roaring log fires and chunky real wood furniture, to rustic light fixtures and beautiful tapestries – it’s easy to imagine how a basic barn conversion can turn into something from a fantasy.  If you’re heavily involved in the construction project and the home owners are looking for your input with respect to the décor, take a look at Pinterest, which has some great visual ideas for how to make a barn conversion look its best.

Turning to Nature

A final reason people are turning in their droves to barn conversions is that they are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a more peaceful way of life which is more in tune with nature.  Barn conversions look great with floor to ceiling windows that create the illusion of outside-inside; in other words, it gives the impression that the home extends outside, and that the outside extends into the property.

The illusion can be extended by adding sustainable wood decking outside which matches the wood flooring on the inside of the property.  Similarly, potted plants could be placed strategically around the home to create a greener space. Naturally, barns are generally situated in the countryside, making a large garden redundant, but if you can find ways for your home to embrace the nature outside, you’ll attract more buyers.

So there you have it, 3 of the reasons why barn conversions are set to thrive in 2014 and beyond.

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