Farm House House Plans
“When you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence.” – Unknown
This certainly embodies what the Farmhouse style represents. Simplicity, a spirit of generous welcome, and a home that makes you and others want to stay, is the farmhouse feel. This must be true as the farmhouse has seen a boom in building trends over the last few years.
Traditional farmhouse style is a basic rectangle-shaped home with a deep, wide, covered front porch. The basic shape allows for expansion as needed. The deep wide porch invites you to ‘watch the world go by’, it is ideal for visits and when the days in the house are warm, it offers the space to relax with a nice cool drink.
A traditional farmhouse is modest in style. Typically, in a two-story home, the first floor has a large kitchen with plenty of cooking space, located at the back of the home. It’s not unusual to have an exterior door off the kitchen (for your favorite ‘backdoor’ kind of guests). For front-door visitors, a formal living room greets them. Unlike modern farmhouse style, the traditional farmhouse plan has a stairway near the kitchen, not in a foyer, or in the front area of the home. A central fireplace in a sitting/family area is also common.
A clapboard (wide board) exterior is traditional as is a gabled, slanted roofline. Metal materials for a roof is not uncommon, and these days, a growing trend. Exterior colors are found to be white, light blue, or pale yellow with darker accents of black or deep green.
Interior décor can follow the styling of simplicity, wood floors, wood ceiling beams, and shiplap (wide horizontal wood slats on the walls). Humble and modest in style, plaid materials and a rustic feel is what a traditional farmhouse offers.
A modern farmhouse has more metal furnishings, fixtures, and accents. Light colors in neutral tones and more contemporary elements bring the comfortable and welcoming feeling of the farmhouse into a more contemporary realm.