For many years the conversion of former agricultural buildings has provided developers and owners with challenging but very rewarding projects and the end results can be quite magnificent, providing historic rural living. In recent years we have experienced a growing demand for our services in this specialist sector and have had the privilege of working on some fantastic projects.
A large number of our projects have involved taking the shell of a former agricultural building (some in a derelict condition) and providing specialist solutions and building services to help with the sympathetic repair and conversion into habitable accommodation.
Damp Proofing in Barn Conversions can provide unique challenges, especially when taking account of the historic use of the building.
Barn Conversion Nearing Completion
Waterproofing Installation During Barn Conversion
Protectahome Specialist Surveyor and Technician Consultation During Barn Conversion.
Internal Damp Proofing Membrane Installed to Upper Floor Level of Barn Conversion.
Ongoing Combined Waterproofing and Damp Proofing System Installation.
Ground Floor Waterproofing and First Floor Damp Proofing System Providing Combined Solution.
Structures can be contaminated with ground salts as well as suffering the residual effects of stored goods and fertilisers. This, coupled with contaminants associated with livestock occupation, mean that traditional directly applied finishes will face significant challenges.
Contaminants also mean that the use of traditional Tanking techniques to overcome problems of changing ground levels internally or externally, or to deal with Earth Retaining Walls, are destined to a very short life and ultimately failure. A large number of Tanking applications require extensive preparation of the substrate and can include the use of very dense renders bonded to the historic building material. Amongst our portfolio of services there are alternative systems that we may specify which offer a more reliable and guaranteed long term solution.
Conversions demand the highest level of skill from our surveyors and technicians. Specifications can be demanding and require extensive detailing to account for challenges relating to the structure, environment and end use. If you are considering converting an agricultural building we would advocate the involvement of a specialist such as ourselves from a very early point. We have lost count of the number of potential projects that have come to us after work has started on site and the specifications supplied to us have proved unworkable or destined to a short life cycle.
In addition to bespoke Damp Proofing solutions, our Building Preservation division also provides specialist Timber Treatment and Timber Repairs to structural timbers that have suffered from attacks of Wood Rotting Fungi and/or Wood Boring Beetle Infestation (Woodworm).
Our Structural Services division can also provide a number of specialist solutions commonly required with a Barn Conversion including: Anchoring, Corner and Crack Stitching, Consolidation and Grouting were applicable. For more information on our structural services for barn conversions is available here: STRUCTURAL SOLUTIONS FOR BARN CONVERSIONS.
Protectahome Technician Installing Membrane during Barn Conversion
Conversion of former Mills are a real specialty for Protectahome, bringing together our skills in Damp Proofing, Timber Preservation and Repair, Structural Repair and Stabilisation
and Flood Mitigation
To arrange to get our team involved in your project, please Contact Us on 0800 055 6966 we will ensure your will get the benefit of the involvement of our experienced and knowledgeable team from the earliest stages. For more about successful barn conversions we have been involved with, please see our Case Studies Page.