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.
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.
Undertaking a self build project to convert an existing building into a practical living area can be an economical home buying solution for people on a tighter financial budget. It’s an option for people wanting to embark on a home building project in order to create a truly unique and outstanding home.
Equally, converting a building or space on your existing plot into a living space is a great way to extend your home and add value to your property. Loft, shed and garage conversions are common ways to make the best use of existing space and avoid the costs incurred from moving house. Many companies and individuals are now buying large buildings and changing them into multiple self contained flats as rental opportunities and an income source. Alternatively, buying two neighbouring properties and combining them into one larger living space is also an option.
Converting a building specifically into a home can take a lot of careful planning, with potentially years of hard work involved. Detailed planning permissions are very important for such projects, mainly because some might be listed buildings and require special compensation.
Financing a conversion build project can be incredibly difficult to estimate as each property will be different and the conditions could have a huge impact on expenses. There are ways to create more of an income to your budget by using your own home to make money.
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