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Category: Site Announcements January 6th, 2012 by mbc

I’m really rubbish at self promotion and promotion of this blog… one thread of evidence to that statement is that I’ve been on Twitter for a couple of years now, but have neglected to mention it here. I have stuck a Twitter link up on the header but never provided any explanation, so to put the record straight…

I use Twitter to post irregular updates regarding the blog, progress at the barn or just general comments related to barns, conversions or building in general. I’ve made 120 tweets or so over the last couple of years, with most of those made recently as it’s only now that I’m finding Twitter to be a genuinely useful and interesting tool – it would be great if you would follow me…

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Category: Site Announcements November 17th, 2011 by mbc

This blog has taken a bit of a kicking recently from big brother Google who came along with his ‘Panda’ and gave us right going over. (For the uninitiated, Panda is a rolling update to the algorithm Google uses to produce search results that has been creating uproar across the web for most of 2011).

Traffic to the site has halved since the middle of October when the impact of the update began to bite. I find that quite upsetting and discouraging – for me the main reward of running a blog is feeling you’re communicating with your ‘audience’. When that audience is chopped in half then that feels bad.

But I’ll soldier on and try and fix anything that I guess Google doesn’t like… and that’s the real problem. I don’t do anything on this site that’s untoward or underhand. I write all the content myself and run a few Amazon links and Google adverts – so in reality I haven’t got a clue what has led to this downgrade and Google won’t / don’t tell. They provide guidelines and high-level advice but when it comes to specifics – there’s nothing.

I’ll take the opportunity to tidy things up and give the site a facelift. I’ll reread up on what I should be doing and hopefully win back some of my previous visitors. Expect a few changes around here over coming days and weeks…

Things should look a little different already…

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New Gallery Launched

Category: Site Announcements April 5th, 2011 by mbc

The gallery on this site has frankly been a bit of a mess since I messed up my Flickr account and started loading photos locally and also into Picasa.

Now they’re all in one place and accessible through my new gallery page – much neater.

The gallery link in the menu just below the site header will get you there…

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Work-In-Progress

Category: Site Announcements March 23rd, 2011 by mbc

I’m carrying out some work on the site at the moment – so any oddities, errors or omissions are probably due to that. Back to the usual (ir)regular service soon…

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300th Post on MyBarnConversion

Category: Site Announcements November 30th, 2010 by mbc

I’ve made 299 posts before this one on MyBarnConversion.com, so I thought I’d take some time out and see how I got here while writing the 300th…

The first post was made on the 28th June 2006.

Since I started monitoring traffic to the site on the 6th April 2007 there have been 113,473 Visits and 281,796 Pageviews from 96,717 unique visitors. The average time on site is 2 minutes and 3 seconds (that’s a total of over 157 days that people have spent on this site).

The 10 most popular search terms that bring people to this site are these – barn conversions, barn conversion, barn conversions pictures, barn conversion costs, air source heat pump, air source heat pumps reviews, vat on barn conversions, super insulation, barn conversions uk, barn conversion designs. Not surprisingly, the most popular pages are these:
Heat Pumps: Air Source and Ground Source
Super Insulation and Insulation
VAT 1 and 2
Underfloor heating

…and my recent series on How Much Does a Barn Conversion Cost? has recently caught up with the total number views of much older posts.

So what’s coming next?

More articles on architects and architecture, a starter for 10 series on lime pointing, more book reviews and details of my cabin bed and garden design projects.

Please keep checking back…

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Progress

Autumn 2013

Right that’s the summer over with, now I can get on with some real work without the distractions of other things (like holidays and playing with children, all that enjoyable stuff that gets in the way of progress)… With few major jobs (painting, boxing in – nasty stuff!) left inside, mainly fiddly things that need […]

I’m having a moan on twitter… https://twitter.com/barnconversion/status/368427314868396032

A lovely Flemish barn conversion

I love the interior of this conversion and the great use of horizontal slats on this conversion. I retains the essential ‘barnyness’ of the building… flemish-barn-by-arend-groenewegen-architect

Coming soon, my barn conversion guide… Interesting earthship greenhouse project on Kickstarter

I really like this Kickstarter project >> The Farm of the Future: Earthship-Inspired Greenhouse This project is “Prototyping the First 100% Off-The-Grid, Affordable, Low-Maintenance Greenhouse using Earthship Principles and Aquaponics“. If any of those words meaning anything to you you’ll be interested in the project if not, pass it by… It’s already funded so I […]

Barns

Barns Gallery on Remodelista

There is a lovely gallery of barn related inspirational photographs available on Remodelista.

Barns – the Long House

Situated on the North Norfolk coast, this is a building to admire…

Barns – the Balancing Barn

A stunning piece of architecture, although not entirely to my taste…

New fast-track planning permission for the development of barns proposed

The Daily Mail reports on a new fast-track route through planning controls for the conversion of barns…

De-assembled, re-assembled, re-cycled barns

“A bit like a private sector, modernising, repurposing St Fagan’s…”

Design

What is a shadow gap?

A shadow gap – a mysterious dark place between two plains…

Your barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

Thoughts on making YOUR barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

Building Regulations, Approved Documents Part D – Toxic substances

An overview of Building Regulations, Approved Documents Part D – Toxic substances

Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

An overview of Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part B Fire safety

An overview of Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part B Fire safety

Architecture

Your barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

Thoughts on making YOUR barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

The Stirling prize 2012 winner – the Sainsbury Laboratory

The 2012 Stirling prize was won by a outsider, the Sainsbury Laboratory…

The Stirling prize 2012

I think that this years Stirling prize has some exciting projects on the shortlist…

Our engineers … our architects – Le Corbusier

The efficient, shiny world of construction in 1923…

Design in Storage

When designing a layout it’s easy to forget to plan for storage…

News

Green Deal slow beginnings?

Oh dear! The green deal hasn’t got off to a very auspicious start… As reported in the Telegraph today since it was launched nearly a year ago just 12 homes have taken advantage of the Green Deal with a few hundred more in the pipeline. 71,210 households had been assessed for Green Deal measures such […]

The property roller coaster – planning reform to be rethought

Eric Pickles vague compromise on planning reform keeps the house happy (for now).

Energy policy, smoke screens, fracking, confusion and big bucks

There seems to be only one thing that is certain in the world of energy policy and that is that costs will rise annually above and beyond anything that inflation can currently throw at us. Beyond that, smoke screens & confusion seem to reign. Take the recent news for example… It’s reported today that the […]

Flanking manoeuvres and good design…

It seems that the government are undertaking flanking manoeuvres on the green belt…

Green Deal Launch

The Green deal launched in the UK on Monday of this week. Fanfares? fireworks? a deluge of marketing? … read more …

Plaid Cymru’s Green New Deal promise

The leader of Plaid Cymru has promised a “Green New Deal” to rejuvenate the Welsh economy and help maintain Wales’ position at the forefront of Green policies.

Permitted development extension limits to be doubled

The government is due to announce a temporary increase in the maximum depth of extensions that can be built under permitted development rules.

Lloyd Khan, making shelter simple.

I wanted to share an interview with Lloyd Khan that I recently found…

Just what is ‘sustainable development’?

Sustainable development – with the term now enshrined in planning law, what does it mean?

Sir Patrick Abercrombie – “It is a matter for serious thought…”

While reading up on the response of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) I came across this quote from Sir Patrick Abercrombie…