What’s the overall plan? Make it into a more open plan garage workshop?
Yup, make it safe first - replace anything rotten near the bottom, then insulate and re-do the exterior in timber feather edge. Open out the inside so I end up with a garage and workshop in the stables end of the building.
I'm very excited about it but am also well-aware its going to take years to get it sorted!
Hi, I keep checking this thread hoping for some more pics, this is a project I am interested in I love it if I ever build a shed I want it to look as aged as this. Have you found any treasure?
House renovation keeps delaying anything meaningful with the barn, sadly!
I have managed to unearth more of the inside to see whats hiding behind the DPM sheeting that is lining the inside of the walls. Its not particularly pretty - this side of the barn borders next door and after making friends with them I've been around to have a good look and have confirmed that their garden (or at least flower beds) are higher than the interior floor level and sit right up against the tin wall. The damage is evident as a result of this....
The dwarf wall is rotten and bricks are crumbling and can be removed by hand
For now, the barn continues to stand but I'm slowly coming around to the idea of tearing down and rebuilding....
My wife volunteers at the Black Country Living Museum, and all the buildings there have been transported piece by piece from their original locations. Every timber, brick, panel and tile is numberedas they're dismantled so it's just like putting together a giant kit afterwards. You could dismantle, dig foundations, build a proper dwarf wall (to building regs, can't hurt future development!), pour a reinforced, insulated slab then reassemble the barn. If the bottom 300mm is rotten, make the brick bit taller and cut down the wooden uprights.
I would excercise caution if you decide to rebuild it, I had a similar barn to convert into a dwelling and was advised by planners if I took more than one element (roof or wall) away I no longer had a building to convert. It was as fecked as yours, bottom 18” rotten. In the short term I made some big props from RSJ's and lorry landing legs to support the weight and stop it collapsing. I could have then lifted the whole building to replace a wall at a time. I chose to make a fresh planning application based on a new oak frame to mostly the original design, only took seven years to sort the planning and I'm on year three building it.....
Careful on over restoring it, it's easy to loose the charm that brought you to it in the first place.