Micah T Jones Architect

County Down Barn

Nestled at the end of a long-winding lane stands the stone and timber walls of this barn house designed by architect Micah Jones for his growing family.

The local agricultural style is reinvented in the choice of material palette with the use of corten steel, traditional stone and untreated Siberian Larch all of which will mellow as it ages.


Built on the footprint of a dilapidated agricultural shed, the ground floor is comprised of three double bedrooms, a master suite – including shower room & dressing area, bathroom and plant room.

A Cross Laminated Timber staircase leads to the first floor which opens up into a study area with a mezzanine and cargo net play space above.


The long open plan first floor flows from kitchen, to dining, to study to lounge; while high ceilings and a glazed south facing elevation create a depth of space, light and flexibility.

The house is connected to the front courtyard by a rebuilt external stone staircase and at the rear over a wide bridge terrace. A covered balcony at the end of the house provides shading in summer and panoramic views across County Down to the Mourne Mountains.


Galvanized balustrades have been used on the balcony and external staircase and reflected again in external light fittings. The balustrade design has been pared back to create something beautiful from the simplest of resources. The design reflects the organic context of barley fields and trees that surround the site.


Images © Micah T Jones