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How to Convert A-Frame Barns Into a Guest House

If you have an a-frame barn sitting on your property unused, you are letting a good structure go to waste. Why not put some use into it by converting it into something you can rent out or have guests use when they are around? Converting a-frame barns into guest houses is not as difficult as it may seem, as long as you have the right plans and the right help to get this done.

How can you convert an unused a-frame barn into a comfortable guest house that you can either rent out or have guests use when they visit? If you search online for ideas, you will find that there are lots you can use for this project. There are ideas that need the help of a contractor to get done and there are some that you can actually do on your own.

What to Do Before You Start

Before you begin this project, you first need to find out if you need permits for the renovation and reconstruction of your A-frame barn into something else. If massive rebuilding and renovating is to be done, with or without the help of a contractor, then permits have to be secured before anything is started. Find out what documents are needed for these permits and secure those as well beforehand.

Once all the paperwork is in place, you can start working on your barn conversion plans. You need to take into consideration the size and shape of your barn. While it may be a typical a-frame barn, there are things you need to consider when putting together your plans for renovation and repurposing. These include the slope and pitch of your roof, the size of the inside, the number of doors, the number of windows (if any), and other features that the barn may have.

Things to Not Forget in Your Plans

Don’t forget to include the partitions you want to add to your barn, unless you are planning on a studio guest house where everything can be found in one room (except for the bathroom that is). Think about flooring, insulation, plumbing, and other features that make a home comfortable. Think about where to put furniture, how much space a specific part of the guest house will take, and all of these when you draw up your plans.

Walk through the barn and get a feel for what would be best when converting it into a cozy guest house. What would you want it to have if you were to live as a guest there? Would you leave the roof uncovered but insulated just like a loft-style residence or would you cover it up?

The additions and changes that you make to your a-frame barn when you are thinking of converting it into a livable space should coincide with what you think is good to have in a quaint home. Think about whether or not you would want to live there. If your current plans don’t make you want to live in it, rethink and redo. Also, think about the budget you have for such a project and move forward from there.

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