Horror stories on the Kevin McCloud show have been blamed as the reason behind a fall in the number of conversions. It’s not the first time a TV programme has changed the nation’s makeover habits.
Now barn conversions are officially on the wane with the number of agriculture-to-residential property conversions in England falling by a quarter over the past year. According to a report by funding firm Saving Stream, conversions dropped from 563 in 2015 to 413 for the same period in 2016. The decline is attributed to a lack of funding, uncertainty following Brexit, the increase in stamp duty on second homes, and adventurous builders being put off by horror stories on TV shows
Barn conversions are in decline because developers are scared by nightmare tales from TV programmes such as Grand Designs.
The number of agriculture to residential property conversions in England has fallen by a quarter over the past year a due to a lack of funding and developers’ jitters.
The decline has also been attributed to uncertainty following Britain’s decision to leave the EU but more must be done to encourage builders to tackle conversion projects, a spokesman for funding firm Saving Stream said.
A report into the conversion of farm buildings said they had dropped from 563 last spring to 413 earlier this year.
Blame has been lodged at property programmes which often show horror stories including builders forking out thousands of pounds over their original budgets or ending up with buildings that are worlds away from what was intended.