When architect Tim Sharpe and his wife Rani Blancpai decided to build their own home, they knew they wanted a design that would be low-maintenance in terms of energy and upkeep for years to come. To create their ultra-durable and low-energy home, they combined two extended barn-like volumes, clad in both galvanized steel and Australian spotted gum wood, to create a modern farmhouse installed with various passive features.

a wooden barn like builing with galvanized steel roofing

Located in Byron Bay, Australia, on a large lot surrounded by hoop pines, the two farmhouse-style buildings make up the main four-bedroom home and a “granny flat”. Both structures have large gabled roofs, covered in a bright galvanized steel, which will patine over time. The rest of the structures are clad in a Australian spotted gum wood that contrasts nicely with the steel roofs. Not only were these two materials chosen to give the home a modern farmhouse aesthetic, but they are also known for their low-maintenance qualities.

a wooden barn like builing with galvanized steel roofing

An extended building with galvanized steel roofing

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The main home is a massive 3,600-square-foot space with four bedrooms. With its large steep-pitched gable ceiling, the interior is spacious and inviting throughout. To make the most out of natural light and solar gains, the main living space and bedrooms in the home were oriented to the north and east, “This results in minimal need for summer cooling and winter heating, and assures a pleasant, light-filled, comfortable space,” says Sharpe.

a gabled building's interior and exterior

large living room with gabled ceiling

Indeed, the interior living space is bright and modern, flooded with natural light thanks to an abundance of large windows and a few strategically-placed skylights. A simple, neutral color scheme and natural materials give the space a contemporary, yet homey and aesthetic. Sharp designed a lot of the furniture himself, including the dining table and chairs.

a living space with white walls

a bedroom with white walls

To create a comfortable and cost-effective temperature control year round on the interior, hydronic heating and cooling systems, sustained by a 23 KW solar PV system, were installed underneath the polished concrete floors. There are also multiple fans to enhance natural ventilation throughout the home.

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Photography via Andy Macpherson via Sharp Design Construct

a bedroom with white walls

a white gabled attic with window

a wooden barn like builing with galvanized steel roofing

a wooden barn like builing with galvanized steel roofing

a wooden barn like builing with galvanized steel roofing

a one story building with galvanized steel roofing