Converted barn


Converted barn
A converted barn

The Conversion of Barns involves the conversion of old farming barns to commercial or residential use structures. Many older farm buildings are being converted for holiday use. This is partly due to modern farming practices making many of the older type buildings redundant.[citation needed]

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Responsible residential conversion

Barn to home conversion is not and does not have to be detrimental to the historic integrity of a barn site. Successful conversions can and have taken place. The most successful residential barn conversions result from a combination of factors including a careful choice of barn. A more medium sized barn with sufficient extant windows where the internal volume can be near completely utilized can allow for a successful and historically responsible conversion of a barn. [1]

Criticism

While not a new phenomenon barn conversion has become quite popular in the waning years of the 20th century. Changing a barn over from its historic agricultural use to residential use generally requires significant changes in the integrity of the barn and if the structure is of historic value these alterations rarely preserve the historic character of the barn.[1] As many older barn designs were relatively windowless one of the key additions in barn conversion for residential use is that of windows. For a barn to be comfortable as home walls often have to be insulated and refinished and the interior volume of the space must be greatly reduced. Other residential details and fixtures are also added such as chimneys.[1] The barns site itself is often altered by the addition of close-in, driveway parking and residential landscaping. Some barn conversions go so far as to dismantle the entire original structure, discarding the exterior and simply reusing the internal structural supports on a new building.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Auer, Michael J. The Preservation of Historic Barns, Preservation Briefs, National Park Service, first published October 1989. Retrieved 7 February 2007.

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