Barn Designs and Planning

Barn Conversion - Diggle, Oldham

Our extensive planning and technical expertise helped us realise the maximum potential for this barn conversion project in Diggle, Greater Manchester. The floor area within Diggle Barn was significantly increased through intelligent planning and our knowledge of Planning Regulations within Green Belt Designated Areas.

Opportunities and Constraints

The barn is situated in a Designated Area of Green Belt land so we used detailed plans to demonstrate realistic enlargement and layout options to the client and then Local Authority.

Working to a design brief for a contemporary family home, we planned the interior to increase the internal floor area by enclosing the linking area between barns and adding a storey where suitable. We designed in ease of use and comfort using modern building concepts and innovative features.

The client is delighted with the outcome and the family love their new home. The stunning barn conversion contains:

  • master bedroom with en suite
  • three children's bedrooms with mezzanine levels
  • en suites, family rooms
  • large open plan kitchen-diner
  • utility room
  • TV snug
  • family lounge
  • family bathroom

Ground Floor

Kitchen Diner

We planned the state of the art kitchen/diner with close reference to established kitchen design principles and the families own requirements. The open plan style seamlessly joins the family dining area. Ample space was allocated in the plans for this key area and a central cooking island with lowered ceiling and breakfast bar show how intimate areas can be designed into more open spaces.

Utility Room

A spacious utility room off the kitchen has ample space for laundry appliances and for changing from and storing outdoor ware.

TV Snug

Directly off the kitchen, through an original mullion stone wall we designed in a cosy ground floor TV snug which opens off the bedroom corridor. Here the family can wait for meals, eat and watch favourite programmes or use it as a children's lounge, meeting or games area. Bespoke furniture, low level seating and dimmable down lighters ensures what is fundamentally a restricted space, feels light and roomy. Natural light and subtle lighting control can create any mood within the space.


Three children's bedrooms are situated on the ground floor. Accessible via a split level corridor, all three bedrooms have exciting mezzanine levels that provide additional play and storage space. The master bedroom on the first floor above has its own luxury en suite and feature gable window.


Designing in adequate bathroom capacity into the barns was essential and we ensured adequate space for the family bathroom and the en-suite above this. In each, space saving sanitary ware, walk-in showers and modern materials and design made maximum use of the space. Building plans showed the efficient design and flows of water and waste. The Approved floor plan showed how a light, spacious, luxury family home in a contemporary style would be created from derelict barns. The architectural building plans were drawn up in close consultation with the client who recognised that we exceeded his original expectation of what would be possible with the barns.

First Floor

Additional Storey

Working within the Planning Regulations our detailed architectural plans showed how techniques such as the lowering of the floor and increasing roof height in the enclosed Link area could comfortably allow an internal storey to be added. The ground floor contains the family bathroom and the Snug, the first floor the master bedroom en-suite.

In the larger and taller of the barns we demonstrated feasibility for an additional floor that could create a contemporary first floor living room (with original roof timbers for dramatic effect) above a large kitchen-diner.

In the smaller barns, we showed that by raising the roofs by a small margin the space created allowed children's bedroom mezzanines levels to be comfortably added, which area ideal for storage and exciting play areas.

Architectural Building Plans - Proposed Section PDF
Architectural Building Plans - Existing Elevation
Architectural Building Plans - Proposed Site Plan
Architectural Building Plans - Proposed Elevation