From barns to warehouses, churches to schoolhouses, garages, and many more besides, the list of potential conversion opportunities are endless. While not for the fainthearted, carrying out a conversion of a commercial or agricultural building can have its perks — not least the charm and character that these buildings can offer.
Churches might boast original stained glass windows and voluminous ceiling heights, while barns might benefit from large openings ideal for introducing swathes of glazing. Despite the price tag often associated with many of these projects, we have highlighted some fantastic budget conversion projects which are proof that reviving these older buildings needn’t break the bank.
1. A Public Loo Converted for £65,000
A fine example of converting unusual commercial buildings, this public loo in Cornwall has been converted into a beautiful holiday home for just £65,000. Overlooking the bay, and boasting fantastic sea views, the 200-year-old building was completely stripped out and a new first floor installed in order to make way for open plan living accommodation on the ground floor, with two bedrooms above.
2. A Modern Coach House Conversion
This former coach house in Harrogate has undergone a significant transformation – including an extension and raised roof – to create a characterful family home. Modern influences have been introduced, from the contemporary high-gloss kitchen to the hotel-style master bedroom, and structural glass floor on the upstairs landing — all for under £150,000.
3. A Tin Chapel Transformed
With the interiors clad in asbestos panels, making this Victorian corrugated tin chapel in Chester habitable was a major undertaking. Thanks to carefully reworking the interiors while retaining the original details of the existing building, including the double-height voluminous spaces, the homeowners have gone on to create a beautiful home for under £84,000.
4. A Garage Converted on a Budget
Converting your garage space can be an ideal means of increasing your living accommodation without having to add an extension.
To create an open plan kitchen diner, this garage conversion to a family home involved removing a rear wall that backed on to the existing kitchen to open the spaces for an open plan area. The brief also included an area for the children to watch television and use the games console, but not be in a separate room.
The conversion, not including the supply and fit of the kitchen, cost approximately £10,500.
5. A DIY Church Conversion
In order to convert this former church from a draughty shell into a comfortable home on a budget of £146,000, the homeowners had to carry out the bulk of the work on a DIY basis.
Elements such as the stained glass window in the double-height living space has been left well alone to add character, while additions such as a new first floor to house a master suite, and new walls at ground level to create a guest room and study, allow modern and traditional elements to sit together naturally.
6. A Barn Converted on a Tight Budget
The homeowners of this Grade II-listed cider barn saw the potential to convert the building from being a rundown shell with no window openings, no electricity or plumbing, and damaged wattle and daub walls, to becoming a charming three bedroom home, complete with a cosy fireplace in the snug – the stone from which was found in the adjacent garden – all for just £75,000.