6 Project Lessons from a Double-Storey Extension to a Barn

extension to barn conversion with timber cladding and zinc roof
(Image credit: Matthew Smith)

After living in their barn conversion for 14 years, Chris and Sarah Dale were faced with a conundrum familiar to many homeowners: should they move to a larger house to keep up with the needs of their young family, or stay in their idyllic Devonshire location and attempt building an extension

“When we first moved into the barn it was perfect for two people but once our family grew we knew something would have to change,” begins Chris. “The village has such an amazing sense of community but the house [which once served as a hayloft with an animal holding below] was often dark with little storage and there was no real connection to the garden.” 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.