County Tyrone Barrel Roof House

Serial self-builders Eric and Gladys Black built their cost-effective barrel roof house to make the most of the rolling countryside views.

In this article, Eric explains how he tackled building his home including:

  • How they designed their dream house to retire to and to make the most of the views
  • Details of budget-friendly design: shape, size and choice of finishes
  • Why he chose timber frame as the building method
  • Warm roof construction details for the barrel roof house
  • Discussion around overheating and cross ventilation
  • Kitchen design
  • Heating system details including boiler and wood burning stove
  • Full floor plans and images


House Size: 2500 sqft
Build Cost: £260,000
Plot Size: 1/2 acre
Construction: Timber frame, clad in corrugated metal with plastered blockwork, PIR insulation
U-values: roof 0.16 W/sqmK, walls 0.17 W/sqmK, barrel roof 0.20 W/sqmK, floors 0.16 W/sqmK

tyrone countryside views


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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