RC Construction has many years experience in the renovation and reconstruction of Barn conversions in Devon.
How long does it take to convert a Barn into a home?
Barn Conversions need to be thought through and include as many of the features you require into the building regulation plans as possible. This way RC Construction can price the job to a decent degree of accuracy from the outset, and also calculate a building works schedule for all the key elements of the barn conversion. Doing so well in advance saves time and money further into the project instead of having to change work that has already been completed.
What if I need to change something once the Barn Conversion work has begun?
Our company recognise that as the barn conversion work progresses, you may want to amend or change details from the original plans and when this is the case our team works closely with you (the client) and where required the planning authorities, to accommodate the changes with the minimum disruption to the cost and schedule.
Are barn conversions construction methods different from modern building methods?
The simple answer is yes. The engineering behind modern structural requirements and building regulations has to harmonised with the planning and perhaps listed buildings wishes. This means our company use traditional building materials combined with modern techniques to keep everyone happy.
Many traditional building skills are being lost. However, many of our tradesmen are also craftsmen and often work with materials in a traditional way. RC Construction’s team has tradesmen skilled in working with lime plaster, stone masonry, traditional joinery methods & sash windows.
A traditional Devon barn conversion by RC Construction can be seen here…
RC Construction tradesmen are skilled at working with traditional materials…
Walls can be underpinned and damp courses built in whilst also being strengthened with steel work which is encased in brick piers or face stone to hide the modern material.
Concrete pads are placed in to the walls at floor heights to lay re-enforced steel beams onto. These are then hidden with timber skins or oak effect renders so that you can have the structural support required whilst not losing the aesthetic quality of a period building.
We can even make steel joists rendered with plaster look identical to their oak beams.
Knowing that any beam over 14ft long and 1ft thick is likely to date back to medieval times is why we pride ourselves on our work with period properties. Without even asking the listed building committee whether they could be replaced we can tell you they’d have to stay rotten or not and here’s are solution to keeping them in situe and still completing your barn conversion…Strengthening a medieval oak beam without removing it would require 150mm Steel Channel section braced on either side of the beam via 18mm threaded bar. Then we’d lower your ceiling by perhaps 2 inches and you would only see the oak beams, keeping the charm of your barn whilst providing a structurally sound upper floor.