From traditional to contemporary, slight modifications to exterior forms and window styles can shift the typical farmhouse design in many directions.
“Farmhouse modern” doesn’t mean the same thing today as it did 30 years ago. Today’s Modern Farmhouse has an urban edge that mixes well with other styles yet retains a warm, approachable feel. The American Farmhouse style first emerged in the Midwest in the mid-1800s, and its look ranges from small, simple structures to more elaborate homes bordering on Victorian.
The rise of the Modern Farmhouse style reflects an embrace of simplicity and practicality, like a pitched roof that sheds snow or a deep porch that enhances cross ventilation. Its look is inherently simple and clean, but has the versatility to be customized with thoughtful changes such as moving away from the smaller windows common in a Farmhouse in favor of larger windows grouped together.
“Farmhouse is an overall design that people can really play with; they don’t feel like they have hard-and-fast rules that they absolutely must apply,” said Marc Sloot, AIA, Senior Associate at SALA Architects and an architectural adviser to Andersen Windows. “Part of the ongoing appeal for the Farmhouse style is that people feel they can express their own originality, whether on the more traditional end or the more contemporary end. It still has the characteristics that feel comfortable, but they’re able to put their own stamp on it.”
With that in mind, Andersen, with assistance from Sloot and SALA Associate Marta Snow, AIA, developed five approaches to the Farmhouse style, moving from traditional and classic to modern and edgy:
By: Andersen Windows
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