Discover how two listed barns were restored to create a modern, lighted-filled home

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For first-time renovators Kath and Marco Walker, the opportunity to buy and learn how to convert a barn a few metres from the business they run from a Herefordshire farmhouse was too good to miss.

In fact, the plot included two barns in varying conditions. One, a timber barn – which had originally housed cattle and sheep downstairs and human inhabitants in the hay loft upstairs – was so derelict that it was days away from collapse. The other barn was a single-storey timber and brick structure previously used to store grain. That had fared better but still needed extensive works to convert it into a home fit for 21st-century family living.

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.