The definition of a farmhouse can bring many styles to mind. During the early 1800s, farmhouses were simply houses built on farms where many who worked the land lived close to their jobs. These homes were born out of necessity, and were always unique creations by the families who built them by hand. During that time, the term “farmhouse” described function rather than style.
As years went by, the basic farmhouse evolved. Simple, rustic homes gave way to more sophisticated designs by architects and builders. The newer farmhouse had defining features such as a gabled roof, a large kitchen, and a wide covered porch.
Today’s farmhouse style is a balance of old and new. One example is Sater Design’s “Prairie Pine Court” house plan, a modern translation of a Prairie-styled farmhouse. While maintaining traditional farmhouse style, the home boasts such modern conveniences as a large island kitchen, ample storage and utility space, and a large rear-entry garage.
Another example of elegant, yet comfortable farmhouse style is our “Oak Island” home plan. This home features a split-shake roof and stone exterior, creating rustic appeal. The large wraparound front porch, expansive great room, and open access to the kitchen and nook gives the home an open, welcoming feel that is perfect for entertaining.
Farmhouse finishes create a relaxed and cozy atmosphere in your home. One way to give your home great farmhouse character is to use reclaimed wood. This can be used in a multitude of ways, including sliding barn doors and exposed wood beams.
In the kitchen, open shelving displaying functional accessories is a popular design choice. Rustic cupboards with exposed hardware and a white tile backsplash, combined with stainless steel appliances, creates a homey yet sophisticated feel for the heart of the home. In addition, apron front sinks are a perfect choice for the farmhouse kitchen. These come in a variety of styles and are a unique combination of beauty and functionality.
With farmhouse décor, perhaps one of the most important things to remember is to not rush the process of creating character and charm in your home. Thoughtfully combining different, yet complementary styles is a fun and interesting way to use family pieces that have meaning, along with new items or those found at flea markets and antique shops.
Building a home is sure to be one of the most important decisions in your life. It’s crucial that you choose a professional design firm that you can trust to help you start the process. Sater Design Collection is one of the country’s most recognized residential design firms specializing in luxury home plan designs, and we have been selling pre-drawn house plans online since 1996. We also offer a variety of full-color home plan publications. If a custom home is in your future, the Sater Group has been designing custom homes for over 30 years. Let us help you bring your dream home to reality!