Conversions

Some of the most fascinating Grand Designs stories are transformations of existing buildings. Who could forget the ruined castle or abandoned cinema featured on the TV series? Explore more loft, warehouse and barn conversions and learn how you can create your own living space in a converted building.

Conversions

by Caroline Rodrigues

September 30, 2020

Loft conversions: how to take an eco-friendly approach

Take an eco-friendly approach to a loft conversion by following these top tips. Image: Newman Zieglmeier Architecture Quicker and less hassle than building an extension,…
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Explore this farm building conversion given a joyful interior re-design

These converted outbuildings are every child's dream house - including a slide and climbing wall.
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A modern chapel conversion shaped by divine inspiration

This former convent has been transformed into an awe-inspiring home with a unique faceted ceiling.
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Bathrooms in loft conversions: what are the requirements?

Attic bathrooms are a popular design choice for self-build projects but what are the requirements?
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A clever, compact apartment in a converted factory space

Creating an internal structure from plywood pods has zoned this apartment in a factory conversion while retaining a light and lofty look. 
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Barn conversions: 9 of the best contemporary rural homes

Barn conversions provide a generously-spaced shell for converting into a rural family home. Explore these 9 projects in more detail.

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Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019 hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.
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A converted Portuguese winery with a unique red façade

This sensitive restoration is at once both modern and inextricably linked to the history of the building.

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Converting a garage: what you need to know

Choosing to convert your garage could be a great way of extending your current living space. Here are a few things to consider before taking...
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Inside a former Victorian school cookery given a new hotel-luxe style

Take a tour of this former cooking and laundry school turned contemporary apartment in Clerkenwell, London.
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How to create a home fit for a multigenerational family

Whether for adult children or elderly relatives, multigenerational living is a growing trend that can be improved in practice by good design.
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Inside a barn conversion pioneering hemp as a building material

Using innovative, carbon-negative hempcrete, this conversion project is a masterclass in innovating with sustainable materials.
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Discover this flamboyant restoration of a derelict Dublin townhouse

Tour this characterful renovation project of a vast Georgian townhouse in Dublin.

Conversion projects are becoming ever more popular in the UK, with many people purchasing old or disused buildings such as barns, factories, warehouses, mills and even chapels or churches and transforming them into comfortable, functional family homes.