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Modern Farmhouse Exterior

What makes a home modern farmhouse?

A modern farmhouse exterior typically features a combination of traditional and contemporary elements. Here are some features that are commonly found on modern farmhouse exteriors:

  1. White or neutral-colored siding or stucco
  2. Metal roof or shingles in a neutral color like gray or black
  3. Board and batten siding or shiplap siding
  4. Large front porch with wood or metal accents
  5. Simple, yet bold exterior trim and moldings
  6. Industrial or rustic light fixtures, often with black or bronze finishes
  7. Black or dark-colored window frames
  8. Natural wood or faux wood garage doors
  9. A mix of materials such as brick, stone, or wood accents
  10. Large windows to allow for plenty of natural light.

Overall, a modern farmhouse exterior is designed to be simple and elegant while still paying homage to traditional farmhouse design elements.

Exterior Material Options

It’s interesting how changing one material on your home’s exterior can completely change the look of your home.

Sometimes you want to lean more into a traditional look to make your home feel timeless, and sometimes you want to lean into the modern look to make your home feel forward-thinking.

Take this house for example:

Simply by changing the material in one peak, you can see how the home shifts from a traditional feel to a transitional home.

To Sink or Not to Sink

That is the question. Do you put a sink in your kitchen island, or keep it clear?

An island without a sink would give you:

  1. More workspace: A clear kitchen island provides more counter space for meal preparation, baking, or even entertaining. This extra workspace can be especially useful for those who love to cook or have large families.
  2. More multi-functional: A large kitchen island can serve many purposes beyond just food preparation. It can also be used as a place to eat, do homework, or work on a project.
  3. More storage space: The space that would be used by a sink can now become extra storage space for cookware, utensils, and other kitchen items.

Shake Siding to get a Cottage Feel

Shake siding can be an excellent addition to amp up the cottage feel to your home because it can add to the home’s natural, rustic look and feel. Cottage homes typically feature a cozy, charming aesthetic that emphasizes the use of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and shake siding can be a perfect complement to this style.

Cottage Retreat

Cottages often feature unique architectural details like exposed beams, stone fireplaces, and rustic finishes that can give them a charming and cozy feel.

They are often surrounded by beautiful scenery and natural landscapes, such as forests, lakes, and mountains, making large windows extra necessary to take it all in.

Many cottages are smaller than typical homes, which can encourage a simpler, more minimalistic lifestyle which can be very appealing to those seeking a break from the stresses of modern living.

Tandem Garage

A tandem garage is a type of garage where two or more cars can be parked in a single, long space, one behind the other. There are several benefits to having a tandem garage:

  1. Space-saving: Tandem garages are ideal for properties where space is limited. If your lot width doesn’t allow for a three-car wide garage, a tandem garage would be a good fit.
  2. Security: Having all your cars parked in one place can also enhance security. Being able to park all of your cars in an enclosed, lockable space, makes it easier to reduce theft.
  3. Flexibility: Tandem garages are also versatile. If you don’t need to park multiple cars, you can use the extra space for storage, a workshop, or any other purpose you need.

A Stone and Stucco Combination Facade

Combining stone and stucco in a home facade can create a beautiful and visually appealing exterior. Stone and stucco are both versatile materials that can be used to achieve a range of architectural styles, from traditional to modern.

Stone is a durable and natural material that can add texture and depth to a home’s exterior. It can be used to create a feature wall or to accent certain parts of the facade. Stone is available in a range of colors and styles, allowing homeowners to choose a look that fits their personal style.

Stucco, on the other hand, is a versatile material that can be used to create a smooth and uniform look. It is a low-maintenance option that can be tinted to match the color of the stone or other design elements.

When combined, stone and stucco can create a balanced and cohesive facade. The use of stone adds texture and visual interest, while stucco provides a clean and modern look. Homeowners can also experiment with different combinations of stone and stucco to create a unique and customized look that fits their personal style.

Overall, the combination of stone and stucco in a home facade can create a timeless and elegant look that enhances the curb appeal and value of the home.

Repetitive Window Walls

Repetitive windows can be seen in a variety of architectural styles, from traditional to modern. In some cases, the repetition of windows may be used to create a sense of symmetry and balance in a building’s facade, while in other cases it may be used to create a more dynamic, patterned effect. They can also help to create a more comfortable and inviting interior environment by providing views of the surrounding landscape or cityscape.

Repetitive windows can create a sense of rhythm and continuity in a space, and can also allow for natural light to enter and illuminate the area.

Shared Bathroom

If you have kids that can stop fighting long enough to share a bathroom, here’s a layout option to consider:

Each child gets their own sink, and the bathing area is private so one could be brushing their teeth while the other has their morning shower.

The bathing area also has a space for some extra towels and toilet paper so they never get stuck without it!

Thick Trim

A thick trim adds extra oomph to your curb appeal. Think back to how craftsman houses were with multiple trim pieces stacked on each other to create a wide frame around windows and doors.

This home uses a thick fascia combined with a doubled up trim under the roof line to give the same feelings of solidity and presence.