Elliott Architects has designed this barn-like house in the Tyne Valley, England, with double-height living space beneath a steep gable ceiling. The house is called North Bank.
Despite its rural location, the house sits close to the road and has neighbors on three sides. It’s oriented to look out over the Tyne Valley to the north and towards the Pennines to the south. The form of the house references the nearby landmark-trust owned Causeway House, an old farmhouse with one of few remaining examples of a black thatch roof – the lost art of heather thatch. While silhouette of the new building mirrors the steep roof pitch of these old structures, thatch roofing has been swapped for a more contemporary zinc finish. Metal was chosen to reference the nearby 18th-century smelt works. The cladding was completed by the clients with locally-source Douglas fir.”
Split across two storeys, half of the ground floor is occupied by a double-height, south-facing living, dining and kitchen area. The other half, set slightly higher, features a study and a studio space. Above, two larger bedrooms sit at either end of the home and two smaller ones in the center, separated by a bathroom. Square windows along the ground floor and skylights in the steep roof follow the path of the sun throughout the day, with deep internal reveals that create seating areas. The double-height living area is the focal point of the home. It sits beneath the exposed wooden gable ceiling and is overlooked by an internal window from the bedroom above. Pale brown sealed plaster covers the interior walls of this space, creating a rustic finish that complements the exposed wood of the roof structure.