vh_logo_white_left_side_of_vh_full_name_in_one_rnd
Vernacular Homes Ltd
Barn Conversions Main Image

Your Barn Conversion Built To Your Requirements

In Kent And East Sussex

Call 01233 861177

or email us for more information

Examples Of Our Barn Conversion Projects

Kent Barn

Open plan barn conversion

Great Barn

Open plan interior in stunning barn conversion.

Farm House

Complex multi-phased renovation project

Oast House

Conversion of a traditional oast in Kent

Barn Conversions Content Image 1

Converting a Barn in Kent or East Sussex

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

While we work with clients as new house builders in Kent or East Sussex, 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 specialist Kent building contractors 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

In our capacity as planning consultants, Vernacular Homes is able to provide all the necessary information to put together comprehensive planning applications.

Barn Conversions Content Image 2
Barn Conversions Content Image 3

We are experienced barn conversion specialists

Once planning permission has been sought and obtained for your barn, whether as a luxury standalone residence, ancillary accommodation, holiday let or business premises we are a building firm who can offer a complete service to take your barn from its current state to a unique and individual property.

Further Information

Frequently asked questions

I have bats in my barn, will this affect my prospects of gaining planning permission?

Other resources

Learn more about the planning process for converting a barn in Kent or East Sussex.

Kent And Sussex Barns

Kent And Sussex Barns

There is great variation in the types and styles of barns in Kent, Sussex and Surrey but the most common are oak framed 3 or 5 bay structures clad in weatherboard.

Oak frames twist and move over time and this gives the natural wavy forms particularly noticeable in the roof.

Exciting Interiors

Exciting Interiors

Barn conversions lend themselves to the creation of rich and unique interior spaces. The historic timbers together with double height spaces create a dramatic backdrop.

Converting a barn can also create a good opportunity to incorporate some modern design elements which sit comfortably with the historic structure.

Oak weatherboard

Oak Weatherboard

The majority of barns we do are traditionally weatherboarded. For some, we use softwood painted or stained weatherboard while others we use oak weatherboard which weathers down in just a few years from a light golden colour to a silver grey.

Why choose VH for your barn conversion?

  • We are barn conversion specialists

    We are barn conversion specialists:

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

  • Whole Barn Conversion Process

    We are one of a limited number of companies who 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 using a variety of specialists including architects, builders, joiners, electricians and more.

  • Barn Conversion Technical Expertise

    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.

We have and will convert barns in any small town or village in East Sussex and Kent:

Canterbury

Sandwich

Lewes

Westerham

Sevenoaks

Maidstone

Crowborough

Tenterden

Heathfield,
Horam and
Hailsham

Tonbridge and
Tunbridge
Wells

Canterbury

Sandwich

Lewes

Westerham

Sevenoaks

Maidstone

Crowborough

Tenterden

Heathfield,
Horam and
Hailsham

Tonbridge and
Tunbridge
Wells

Canterbury

Sandwich

Lewes

Westerham

Sevenoaks

Maidstone

Crowborough

Tenterden

Heathfield, Horam
and Hailsham

Tonbridge and
Tunbridge Wells

Smart Phone With Phone Number

If you have a project such as a new build or barn conversion in mind, please don't hesitate to call Trevor Weeks, (Director) on 01233 861177. You can also email us via our contact facility found through this link.

Our Location

Footer Map Image