When my partner and I received the blueprints for our Winona Park modern farmhouse our hearts literally pounded. Turns out we both had secret desires to work on a layout of this nature. There’s something curiously optimistic about the generous open space that readily draws you in. It turns out we’re not the only ones who are jazzed about the Modern American Farmhouse. These spacious and gabled architectural archetypes are springing up among cornfields, neighborhoods and suburbia across America.
Historically American Farmhouses were designed to work on large acreage. Families stayed in one room at a time while the additional rooms were being built. The style offered a woodsy functionality worth waiting for. Plans were as varied as the Regions upon which they were built. Earthy and chic, from shot-gun style to a more industrial flair, one thing is certain—the Modern American Farmhouse is here to stay.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A MODERN AMERICAN FARMHOUSE:
- Wood siding on the exterior
- Wide or Wrap-around porches
- Simple roof structure, metal roofs are increasingly popular
- Mostly two-story
- Composed of basic shapes (usually rectangular) to allow for expansion
- Double hung windows and shutters
- Usually built on larger pieces of property
- Often accompanied by out buildings, barns and garages
Wouldn't you agree the Modern American Farmhouse is here to stay?