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Mini-sites on MBC

Category: Site Announcements October 13th, 2010 by mbc

I sometimes feel that there are certain topics that run through this site but remain somewhat hidden – hidden because of the chronological sequential nature of a WordPress site. Even with tags (like design) and categories (like Barn Conversion Journal), the information related to these topics, for example, lime pointing, or managing woodland for fuel remain squirreled away – isolated items only occasionally brought together if someone happens to press a tag or category link.

To address this I thought I’d start to put together some mini-sites, sitting within the overall structure of but focussing on one specific topic.

The first of these is the Woodland Management mini-site … get there while it’s hot…

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MBC goes Twitter

Category: Site Announcements March 30th, 2009 by mbc

Seems everyone is doing it so why not MyBarnConversion…?

I’ve created a Twitter account for mbc – barnconversion

I’ll use it to post the latest thoughts, progress and decisions made regarding the development of the barn. As well as a chronological view of what’s happening and when, I hope it’ll act as a to-do list for me – let’s see how it goes.

A list of most recent twits can be found toward the bottom of the right-hand sidebar ( that’s over there >>>>> )

Keep twitting…

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MBC Photos now on Flickr

Category: Site Announcements November 2nd, 2008 by mbc

With the somewhat baffling success of our YouTube videos now playing on Channel MBC …

(Serving over 1,000 discerning TV viewers to date!)

I thought I should turn my attention to still photographs and using the best of the web to make them available to you.

Please join our new My Barn Conversion flickr group

My intention is to use this feed for pictures of progress and key stages and developments. Keep checking back!

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You might also like to view my more arty photographs under the name of bochgoch.

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My Barn Conversion Is Changing…

Category: Site Announcements October 30th, 2008 by mbc

We’ll be making a few changes to My Barn Conversion over the coming weeks. Hopefully they won’t cause any problems but if you notice anything strange around here don’t worry it’s not the Halloween effect, it’s just progress…

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Forum Competition

Category: Site Announcements June 22nd, 2008 by mbc

Competition now closed

I’d love the forum to become a useful resource for asking questions and getting answers related to ‘healthy house’, sustainable, ecological & environmentally aware building. There are other places out there to ask questions but they can at times be daunting, unwelcoming sorts of places. I want to keep things friendly and inclusive here.

To encourage questions and answers I’ll be running a competition over the Summer. There are a number of categories:

  • Most interesting topic. Awarded to the most interesting or thought provoking new topic posted on the forum.
  • Most interesting reply. Awarded to the most informative, thought provoking or well researched reply made within a topic on the forum.
  • Editors choice. Awarded to forum member that whose over contribution (in the editors opinion) has been the most interesting, thought provoking, funny, well researched or informative.

Prizes are a £20 Amazon E-mail Gift Certificate for each of the three categories.

(Affiliate link)

Please register and get posting…

The small-print:

The editors decision is final.
All prize winners will need to provide a valid email address to which their prize will be sent.
Competition ends midnight 30th September 2008. Prizes awarded within one week of 30th September 2008.
We reserve the right not to award prizes should response rates to the competition be low.

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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…

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 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…”


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


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…


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…