Barn Conversions In Kent

Your Barn Conversion Built To Your Requirements
In Kent, Sussex And Surrey

Vernacular Homes Ltd offer a range of services including barn conversions in Kent, Sussex and Surrey, converting barns for clients who aspire to live in the idyllic rural feel of a barn conversion as their home.

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Converting a Barn in Kent or East Sussex

While we work with clients who aim to custom or self build in Kent, Sussex or Surrey, we also convert existing buildings such as barns and oast houses. Converting barns and other outbuildings has perhaps become something of a tradition in itself across the south east of England. Conversion allows decaying and redundant buildings, some with significant historic interest, to be preserved for future generations. Making these buildings habitable provides an opportunity to add a new layer to this history as well as reusing and reinventing these spaces.

Barn conversions typically provide grand open-plan spaces downstairs, usually with a double-height running from the cart entrance to its exit. Any first floor rooms often need to be ingeniously inserted within an existing timber frame to maximise available space. Some clients however will want to re-imagine their barn conversion in more radical ways. Either way, Vernacular Homes, as building contractors in Kent Sussex and Surrey, are experienced in providing all the necessary services to convert and complete your reused building.

We can gain planning consent for your barn conversion

We pay great attention to the architecture of barns and other buildings requiring conversion and can take you through the entire process of converting the structure using our understanding of traditional construction and appropriate design intervention to bring these buildings into the 21st century.

Gaining Planning Consent

Often these projects will need specific areas of expertise, usually revolving around –

  • Timber surveys,
  • Lime mortar and plaster analysis and
  • Protected species reports.
  • Contamination reports
  • Heritage statements
  • Listed building consent
  • Timber repair methodology

Vernacular Homes is able to provide all the necessary information to put together comprehensive planning applications.

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We are experienced barn conversion specialists

Once you have planning permission for your barn, whether as a standalone residence, ancillary accommodation, holiday let or business premises we can offer a complete service to take your barn from its current state to a unique and individual property.

Why choose VH for your barn or oast conversion?

1. We are barn conversion specialists

Along with our other services like period restorations in Kent, Sussex or Surrey (and Sussex or Surrey), we have seen many barns, oasts and other buildings through the entire process of design and build.

2. We can manage the whole process from start to finish

If you don’t yet have planning permission for your barn conversion, we are able to work with you on the planning and listed building applications. We can then take the empty barn, oast or other building to its completion.

3. Technical expertise

Our experience with many different types of outbuilding means we are familiar with the various challenges associated with their conversion. These include the repairing timber frames and masonry structures, providing suitable additional structural rigidity and high levels of insulation to ensure these historic structures are every bit as warm and efficient as a contemporary new build.

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Case studies

Character Barn Conversion in East Sussex

East Sussex BarnView

Character Barn Conversion in East Sussex

Complex multi-phased renovation project


Complex multi-phased renovation project

Open plan interior in stunning barn conversion.

Great BarnView

Open plan interior in stunning barn conversion.

Open plan barn conversion

Kent BarnView

Open plan barn conversion

Conversion of a traditional oast in Kent

Oast HouseView

Conversion of a traditional oast in Kent

Small character barn conversion in the Weald of Kent

Weald BarnView

Small character barn conversion in the Weald of Kent