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Van Gogh’s earliest known drawing. Van Gogh. Barn and Farmhouse, Feb. 8, 1864
Originally, a farmhouse was more or less what the name sounds like it would be - the main home for farmers tending the land on the farm. It originated in northern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries in places like Germany and Scandinavia. The farmhouse wasn't invented per se, as an architectural style dreamed up on paper but instead created out of necessity and practicality. More often than not, the simple designs were created from local materials like wood from the fields that were cleared for the farm and whatever rocks were readily available. If you think about it, these were farmers with more important work to do than dream up new designs so they were designed around a kitchen, bedrooms and an outdoor lifestyle. Rooms were often added as needed which led to floorplans and layouts that did not follow a preplanned design.
Today, we call these layouts unique, quirky, open, casual, funky or almost anything other than formal! The American Farmhouse is now a staple in design, style and trend. Instead of going away from this style after it has been so popular, new trends include added splashes of color to interiors - especially kitchens and bathrooms keep the style new and interesting. The introduction of different design elements and styles rather than a shift away from the general farmhouse design continues to reinforce the farmhouse style as a permanent fixture of American architectural design rather than a passing trend. Photo courtesy of Instagram.
Design Elements of the American Farmhouse
Architectural Digest says the modern farmhouse uses common elements from traditional pastoral buildings—timber cladding, A-frame roofs, and lofted spaces—and puts a sleeker spin on them for a home that's streamlined but still connected to its natural surroundings.
That seems so boring and frankly, not really what I conjure up in my head when I think of the American farmhouse.
To me, the American farmhouse architectural style is much more than a design, it’s a feeling as well. In some ways, the farmhouse style represents a lifestyle that speaks to who you are and what your character is like as much as it about the design of the home. A farmhouse evokes a feeling that says simple and casual, nothing overdone or excessive and it is certainly anything but formal! Do not mistake though - while the American farmhouse certainly incorporates some historically older architectural details, it does not lack in creature comforts or modern conveniences. There is also no definitive guide as to what absolutely defines the American Farmhouse yet there are certain design elements that run as a common theme in most.
Covered Porch - the covered porch is one design element you will see in almost every farmhouse. There are some very modern/farmhouse hybrid homes that may not have a porch but that is rare. The farmhouse porch is, after all, an integral part of what it means to be a farmhouse. It provides shade and a place for relaxing and entertaining. It's also reminiscent of a slower-paced lifestyle. It's part of the inviting curb appeal that creates a welcoming feeling. Image courtesy CountryLiving.com
Open Kitchen - the center of the home in a farmhouse is typically the kitchen. Common elements in a farmhouse kitchen often include Shaker-style cabinetry and/or open shelving. If there is space, you will find an island that serves as a multi-use space for eating, gathering, homework and all other common day-to-day activities. It's the epicenter of the home.
Natural or Reclaimed Woodwork - exposed beams, rustic shelves, reclaimed barn wood - making anything old new again is a common theme throughout the American Farmhouse. The best-case scenario is to can find something authentic like a hand-hewn beam that used to be a support beam for an old barn or finding some old lap siding in good condition and repurposing it on an interior accent wall. This can be done with new wood, however, any opportunity to reuse something authentic adds real character and a well-designed farmhouse should have character. The simple idea of reuse is important to the whole idea of what a farmhouse is. Sure, these are new homes. However, if the home is going to be somewhat accurate in theme with a historic farmhouse, repurposing existing materials is certainly an important component as it is in line with how real farmhouse was built - by using what was available. Image courtesy of homedit.com.
Shiplap - this might be the first thing you think of when you think of a farmhouse. Shiplap is a type of wooden interior wall paneling, typically installed as long horizontal panels formed by overlapping grooved boards, typically made of pine wood. It was historically used commonly as exterior siding in the construction of residences, barns, sheds, and outbuildings and today seen as an interior feature. It is painted white frequently but it can be painted or stained any color and it is still shiplap. Image courtesy DoItDIY.com
Hardwood Floors - There is no rule for what type of flooring you can find in a farmhouse. However, it would be unusual to see an American Farmhouse that didn't have hardwood floors in the main living areas at the very least. Whether you choose real hardwood floors or engineered floors is really a design/budget consideration. Engineered floors have come a long way and offer styles, colors and textures that would be much more expensive in real hardwood floors. High quality engineered floors don't have to feel like a compromise. Real hardwood floors are timeless and can be refinished over and over. Here again though - in keeping with the farmhouse themes - if you can find old hardwood floors of varying widths and lengths in good condition that can installed in some section of the house, you can really bring some charm and life into the design that brings some unique original character into the home making it feel more authentic. Some examples of reclaimed hardwood floors include such as quarter-sawn oak, heart pine, American elm and chestnut. Image courtesy of taputah.com.
Metal Roofing - another common design element in a modern farmhouse is the incorporation of a metal roof. Metal roofs on a farmhouse contribute to the simple, practical design in keeping with the original concept of how a farmhouse was built. While the earliest versions of farmhouses may not have had metal roofs, they did become common elements after about the mid-19th century when corrugated and galvanized metal became more readily available. Today we see metal roofs on porches, awnings and to a lesser extent, the entire roof. A metal roof on a modern farmhouse creates clean lines and is in keeping with the farmhouse theme of simplicity. Image courtesy of pac-clad.com.
Twists On The Farmhouse Design
The Modern Farmhouse - architects and designers continue to add twists and design changes to the original farmhouse that incorporates a number of different styles. Most notably, we see a combination of modern and industrial elements combined in the American farmhouse. This combination brings together the rustic charm and strong metals which creates an aesthetically pleasing design contrast.
We Are Not Talking About Farm Houses
Farm houses are not the same thing as Farmhouses. A farm house is a house on a farm. A farmhouse is a house anywhere, with design and style characteristics of Farm houses woven into modern day liveability.
Where Can You Find A Great Farmhouse To Buy In Atlanta?
The simple answer is just about anywhere you are already looking to live. The farmhouse, or, homes with farmhouse styles can be found in all areas and all price points. On the north side of Atlanta in places like Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Cumming, East Cobb, Marietta, Woodstock and Canton, there are lots of farmhouse style homes.
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