Extending a barn: this is how the barn conversion works

If an old barn is no longer needed for agricultural purposes, in many cases a barn conversion makes sense in order to create additional living space and to be able to continue using the barn that is no longer in use.

Extending a barn and converting it

Extending an old barn that is no longer needed and thus making it available as living space usually makes more sense than a new building or an extension. This is especially true because a large part of the barn is to be converted into a residential building. However, you should consider a few things before the conversion so that it runs smoothly and you do not have to experience any nasty surprises. The conversion to one or more residential units is usually possible and takes place in several steps:

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  • inform about building law issues
  • exact inventory of the building
  • the review of the building fabric
  • careful planning of the renovation
  • if necessary, the assessment by an expert
  • the calculation of the renovation costs incurred
  • sensible equipment (e.g. heating)

Expand to the individual points at the barn

First of all, it is a matter of checking the building regulations. The slightest difficulties arise when the barn is a property registered in the land register. As a rule, nothing stands in the way of a barn extension or conversion. To be on the safe side, you should still get information from the local building authority. Only then does a thorough inventory and measurement of the building follow, in which the height also plays an important role, especially if several living areas are to be created in the old barn. An important part of the inventory is also the examination of the existing building fabric. Ultimately, the point here is to find out which structural components can still be used and where something needs to be renewed. In particular, you should pay attention to the foundation, the facade and other important elements.

For planning and implementation before the renovation

It makes sense if you make a drawing of the barn. This can make it much easier for you to plan the rooms to be built later. Before you start implementing your plan, you should of course seek expert advice and, if possible, have the barn inspected by a specialist. In most cases, this is the only way to plan all the necessary work steps and take into account work that you can do yourself. Last but not least, it is also about calculating the costs incurred, which are not insignificant. Think of appropriate insulation measures and the installation of modern heating and new windows, which is very important in a residential building. If you rely on modern technology for all components, you should at least not be able to go wrong here. By the way, you should also remember that there should still be parking spaces for vehicles, even if this has nothing to do with the building.