Farmhouses are a picturesque and iconic design style in American culture that bring about feelings of wholesome comfort. However, the old non-energy efficient construction and high costs associated with upkeep often leave prospective home buyers looking for higher performing alternatives. Urban or modern new construction farmhouse builds have sprung onto the housing scene as the perfect substitute, combining updated yet classic design elements with the energy efficiency of a Zero Energy Ready Home.
Houses built by BrightLeaf provide a green home solution that lays the foundation for achieving a modernized blend of elite energy efficiency with a down-to-earth American farmhouse feel. All BrightLeaf homes are available for you to apply your personal design touches inside and out.
1. The Front Porch
Your front porch can significantly add character and functionality to your home. Your porch signals a welcoming gesture to visitors, serves as a decoration space for the holidays, and is a lovely spot to enjoy nice summer days and nights. Depending on the positioning of the house, it can provide shade, wind, and rain protection, too, helping to keep energy costs low. The front porch is a multi-functional space that’s iconic to American farmhouse design.
2. A Classic, Smart Roof
The sturdy, durable roof construction is an original farmhouse style element. Not only is it the most durable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective roofing option available to homeowners, it’s also extremely solar panel friendly. Solar ready with the option for integrated solar panels works well for a modern farmhouse look and functionality.
3. Iconic Hardwood Floors
Country homes are largely known for their hardwood floors, and is a true classic farmhouse element, as well. Hardwood flooring is durable and versatile, allowing you to more easily control allergens and stains while providing a beautiful, clean backdrop for your personal design touches.
4. The Mudroom
Mudrooms were a must-have functional design element in farmhouses to contain the mud, dirt, and wet items after a day in the field . Whether you choose to sit and remove your shoes, hang your wet umbrella, or toss your keys in a dish so you won’t lose them later, proper mudrooms are still a classic feature in modern farmhouses. They also serve as a storage upgrade with locker built-ins and linen closets, perfect for a modern, busy family.
5. The Spacious Kitchen & Island
The classic farmhouse kitchen needed to be large to accommodate a comfortable cooking atmosphere, and the iconic elements found in that space have stayed true to the modern farmhouse look today. Many urban farm homes still feature large kitchen islands for preparing food, tall pantry cabinets for localized storage, and classic farm sinks reminiscent of decades past. One notable change, besides updated appliances and plumbing, are the open concept floor plans that bleed into the family room and eat in kitchen space.
6. Horizontal Siding
One of the most recognizable design elements of a modern farmhouse can be seen right from the street. Horizontal siding, also known as lap or board-and-batten, perfectly captures the farmhouse exterior look. With modern building science and technology, this siding isn’t just attractive but it’s also durable and long-lasting.
7. Vintage Barn Lighting
Light fixtures are an easy way to pay homage to a particular style while adding brilliant character to your home. Modern farmhouses are often found with rustic or industrial lighting made from practical materials, such as metal. Industrial drop ceiling lights, gooseneck lamps, and reproduced barn lighting fixtures shine brightly with their classic design, while their simplicity blends together well with the more contemporary elements of the modern farmhouse.
There you have it – a breakdown of the seven elements of a modern farmhouse home build.
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