As they say, everything old becomes new again. Clothing fashions, colors, and even in the entertainment business, designers are looking to the past for their newest creations.
The homebuilding business is no different. With their classic looks and timeless beauty, the farmhouse design is making a comeback. But what goes into designing a farmhouse? A few elements, such as a wrap around porch or two-over-two windows are staples, but interior elements also apply.
When considering a farmhouse design for your home, a wraparound porch should be considered. These porches are perfect for warm summer evenings or saying hello to the neighbors as they walk by. The porch doesn’t really need to go around the entire house, spanning just two or three sides, although having a front porch is a must. Covered verandas are an acceptable option as well.
Board and batten siding is a popular siding choice for a farmhouse. Boards, sometimes up to a foot wide, alternate with narrow strips, or battens. This type of siding was often used in barn building because it strengthened the siding, and farmhouses of yore would use the same kind of construction.
Garage doors can get into the act as well, mimicking old carriage house doors. These doors can be panelled to open up into the house, although some homeowners prefer to have the door swing open like barn doors. Additional touches, like black handles, door knockers, and hinges really make the garage door stand out.
Other touches, like several gabled roofs or dormers, lantern-shaped or stylized barn lighting, and window shutters complete the look of the farmhouse.
While the interior of the home can be planned to have any kind of floor plan, there are still some design touches that will keep the farmhouse feel. These suggestions will work if you decided on an open concept or more compartmentalized floor plan.
Exposed wood throughout the house is always a good start. This could be wide-plank hardwood floors, exposed beams in the ceiling, and even shiplap on certain walls to add interest. Kitchen countertops could also be made of wood, but extra care and maintenance are required.
Speaking of the kitchen, shaker style cabinets, open shelves, apron sinks, and rustic lighting fixtures (to match the exterior lights) are all farmhouse elements. Throw in an exposed beam and a shiplap backsplash and you’re home on the range.
Other ideas, like a brick fireplace, clawfoot tubs, “pump” style faucets, and anything else that reminds you of living on the prairie can be added no matter the floor plan. When it comes to colors, remember there was no “ultra violet” in the color pallette a century ago. Keep the hues subdued, although the occasional pop of color with a throw blanket, art, or furniture can really enhance the space.
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