Barn conversion at its finest

Even though Andrew and Julie Rogers’ barn conversion, completed over a decade ago, gave them the home they always dreamt of, once they were living in the house they realised they could do with some additions.

In this article Andrew and Julie explain how they went about their barn conversion project in Co Down, including:

  • Renovating for maximum resale value in an area of outstanding beauty
  • Draughtproofing the barn with details of porch design
  • Garage design
  • Planning approvals and floor plans
  • Working with Building Control, including changes to beam sizes and insulation
  • Living room extension with new wood burning stove


Original House Size: 130sqm
Extension: 20sqm
Porch: 25sqm
Spec: Insulation to building regulations requirements, walls natural stone with facing brick eaves and reveals, natural slate roof with clay ridge tiles. Windows Iroko hardwood frames, low e double glazed.
Heating and hot water: oil boiler and log stove
Ventilation: natural


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

Selfbuild Spring 2018

Semi-detached makeover