We have been toying with the idea of either a self-build or barn conversion for a few years now and when the opportunity arose to convert this beast into our forever home, we just had to snap it up! We are now a young family of five: our eldest daughter will soon be turning 13, and then we have two little girls aged 20 and 2 months! Many have called us brave (or stupid!) for taking on a self-build with a young family but we are excited about the adventure ahead and actually think it’s an ideal time before the youngest one is too mobile! I must say, though, that I’m already laughing at my possibly naive and idealistic view of the project ahead and sure I’ll look back at this when we’re in the darkest depths of the build and wonder what on earth we were thinking!

We are itching to get started on it but before then there’s a few hurdles to get through including selling our current home. We have decided to move into a static caravan on site while the build progresses (again: two under two…brave or stupid?!) to free up as much equity as possible and enable us to be close to the build to oversee it. We went on the market as soon as we found out the permitted development had been granted. Part of me wants it to sell quickly to avoid any hold ups with the barn’s progress, but on the other hand I am a big fan of creature comforts and want as little time in the caravan as possible!