Lea Pabst February 22, 2021 Home Ideas
Nestled in the countryside of Highlands, North Carolina, design professionals at RMT Architects have transformed an old, weathered, and rustic barn into the breathtakingly comfortable Timber Frame Barn House. Built in partnership with Ronnie D. Waller Construction, the vintage looking farmland home features 3,587 square feet of inviting living spaces and down home comfort. Upon walking into the great room, you’ll encounter a stunning open concept layouts and an impressive metal spiral staircase traveling upward to the mezzanine.
Clear, strong architectural shapes were also used, making the house stand out from its surroundings despite being built from those very things. The stone coloured wooden facade and the way the building splits into two distinct looking but connected structures are the perfect examples of these goals being achieved with great beauty. In the first portion of the house, you’ll find the more functional aspects of a home and the areas where you’d typically do things together as a family or host guests. These include the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
Rather than tearing the building down and starting again, the team decided to take advantage of the existing structure by stripping it to its barest bones in order to avoid having to move the home back from the water’s edge. You see, the house was nestled right into a stream setback that the land’s new owners didn’t want to disturb, nor did they want to put distance between their home and the water they so dearly wanted to reside near. In total, the new home that those structural bones were transformed into encompasses 5,600 square feet of comfortable, open feeling living space.
Because Indigo homes adopt an open concept layout on the inside, having no additional walls to the four on the outside, dwellers are afforded complete freedom of interior layout. This makes the home even more customizable. The way most inner structures are concentrated in the centre of the home, including the storage in the stairs, means that the view outside the home (whether it be Lia’s natural woodland landscape or someone else’s favourite secluded meadow or beach) is uninhibited from at least one side of the house, and both on the top floor. This integrates one’s surroundings into the interior experience despite the fact that the building is not actually one that physically blends interior and exterior environments.
Having repurposed and continued to use most of the original wood, in combination with locally sourced timber where new or additional wood was needed, designers kept much of the home’s original rustic aesthetic. This is bolstered by the inclusion of antique or ethically sourced furs and animal hides, much like you would have seen in the original 1800s home. At the same time as this rustic aesthetic has been preserved, the decor team aimed to update the interior slightly to provide all the comfort of a more contemporary style of living.
The original timber is still in place, but safely bolstered by frame updates and renovations. The barn house’s exterior isn’t the only place you’ll find wood! Inside, the floors are actually a unique combination of wood and concrete, keeping things solid but natural. First the wood was installed and then the concrete was poured, using the wood as a framework, and stained to create a cohesive colour story. In terms of decor, you’ll encounter all kinds of homey touches throughout the house that really drive the whole “rustic farm” aesthetic home in a way that’s beautiful and explicit rather than tacky and overdone.
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