What's A Modern Farmhouse?
I remember being obsessed with the lifestyle of Mary Jane Butters a few years ago. It seemed to be a glorified version of the way my great-grandmother would have lived, except Mary Jane was a naturalist, farmer, photographer and owned her own magazine and wrote books that I loved to read.
Now I’m becoming just as curious about Modern Farmhouses. What defines them? Do I have to live on a farm like Mary Jane and my great-grandmother did just to have one? They originally were built in rural locations with formal front porches to welcome people. Now, the old farmhouse-period architecture has been reinvented by adding new ideas and elements, creating the Modern Farmhouse.
Buyers love the simplicity of the designs, characterized by mixing wood, stone and metals. Modern farmhouses are almost always sprawling, linear and most have white siding with dark windows, according to architect, Nathan Winchester.
Things you might see in a Modern Farmhouse:
- Metal Roof. It’s original to the farmhouse style and one of the most durable roofs money can buy. Be prepared to pay 2-3 times more than a normal asphalt roof.
- Front Porch. This is a welcoming, formal aspect of the farmhouse. It’s cooling and also protects the home from direct sunlight.
- Barn Doors. This trend with the “X” detail on the sliding doors shows no signs of slowing down.
- Tongue and Groove Paneling (Shiplap). This popular wall treatment (thanks Chip and JoAnn!) adds comfort and character to walls.
- Shaker-Style Cabinetry. This profile is simple and classic with clean lines.
- Board-and Batten Siding. A kind of paneling often found on the exterior of buildings but sometimes used indoors.
- Two-Over-Two Windows. Classic, with clean-lined trim, painted the same color as the wall.
- Barn Lighting. Basic style completes the farmhouse look and it’s a great way of layering in some mixed metals.
- Paint. Use warm or cool neutrals, both inside and out.
- Sink. Apron-front sink, porcelain or modern stainless steel.
Don’t mistake farmhouse for country style. Farmhouse is similar to country, but country leans towards kitschy, whereas farmhouse style retains a little swag of sophistication. Country relies heavily on accessories, while farmhouse reduces them to a minimum.
If you decide to build one of these front porch beauties in a restricted neighborhood, be sure and check the deed restrictions.