Our helpful guide to buying a conversion

Read our blog post for our advice on buying a conversion - everything you need to know.

Our helpful guide to buying a conversion

Conversions of old buildings are popular, and highly individual homes have been created from old schools, churches, railway stations, signal boxes, factories, coach houses, windmills, towers, mills and barns - you name it and it has been converted to a comfortable home somewhere in the UK. Barn conversions are extremely popular (and very expensive), but rare due to the lack of barns. (You can also have a ‘barn' home built from new, which may be a lot cheaper than a conversion.) Expect to pay around £300,000 for a barn for conversion (usually with planning permission) and at least 50 per cent more turning it into a comfortable home. You can even buy a barn abroad (e.g. in France) and have it dismantled and reassembled in the UK. An economical way to live in a historic building (often within private grounds) is to buy an apartment or townhouse in a building that has been converted, which include former stately homes, hospitals, warehouses and factories.

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