In my absence…

In my absence the quality of the advice on this site has certainly improved… 😉

johnrush a ‘Chartered Building Services Engineer’ has made a couple of interesting comments on the forum.

Firstly on the heating-help-needed topic, John has written an informative piece on insulation. I particularly like his holistic ‘six-sided’ approach to insulation:

Try to think of your house as a box and you are trying to heat the inside of it. The top of the box is the easiest to deal with as it is relatively easy to add insulation to the roof space. Just dealing with the loft will not help much as you have only tackled one of the six sides.

John then goes on to add to the discussion of heat-pumps with some clear and informative information.

Thanks John!

Not been here for some time…

I’ve been pretty lax on this site for a few weeks now. My excuse is good as I’ve been getting to know my new daugther, Amy, born on the 14th of April.

But now regretably it’s back to work and back to MyBarnConversion…

As work at the barn is now nearing an end (at least of the current phase of work), this site will be taking a slightly different direction reflecting my interests in sustainability, building, construction, homes and property.

Amongst others, I’ve got posts on architects, Lloyd Khan, tree surgery, VAT and the Raspberry Pi coming up soon…

Vital Statistics

One of the problems with the way that this site has evolved is that I’ve missed some of the fundamental blocks upon which a site like this would normally be built. One of the most obvious of those is that I’ve never really described the barn and the conversion that we’re undertaking.

An email I received a few weeks back (and subsequently lost due to my over zealous spam filter) pointed this out to me and so I’ve attempted to address the gap and update the About page with some further details. It’s been enjoyable and refreshing, reviewing the work and the progress we’ve made over the last four (how many??? time flies) years…

Following on from my original about text I’ve written a high-level description of the conversion, then some vital statistics and finally some before, during and after photographs…


The Conversion
The roof and walls have been structurally untouched by the conversion, although a number of incursions into them have been made. All original openings have been retained with three windows added to the southerly gable end & six roof-lights to allow natural light into the otherwise unlit first floor. The ‘arrow’ / ventilation slits have been glazed. The existing roof kept, albeit with the addition of in-roof vents toward the bottom edge to provide appropriate air-flow. On three sides, the walls have been completely repointed with lime mortar, the fourth side, the southerly facing gable-end has been limewashed.

The floor was dug out and replaced with a new one containing insulation, a radon barrier damp proof course and under-floor heating.

Originally the barn was in two distinct parts. A full height main area, with large through cart doors and a smaller two storied north-end with stables below and a hay-loft above. Ground and first floor openings have been cut through the internal wall to unify the two parts of the building.


Read the rest here >> About the barn

Apologies to anyone who may have emailed me…

I must apologise if you’ve emailed me over the last few months. I know of a least one email (asking for some proper vital statistics related to the barn), that has disappeared down the drain hole of my spam filter.

Communications with blog readers has become ever more difficult – the commercialisation of the Akismet spam filter for comments has led to the need to explore other solutions such as the much disliked Captcha I now use – spam email leads to increasingly more draconian email filters. In fact my spam email filters are now so assertive that hardly any email, legitimate or not gets by them and once classified as spam there’s only a short period before the email is deleted entirely from my server. So I’ll tweak things to ensure I’m not losing real messages and be a little more on-the-ball when it comes to email.

Please feel free to email me … mbc at this domain dot com – (you’ll need to make the appropriate substitutions) or click on the envelope icon on the header above … I promise I’ll not ignore you or let my spam filter flush your message.