From the first “folk” houses built of mud, grass, stone, or logs in the 1700s to today’s modern and stylish version, the farmhouse remains one of the most picturesque and charming portraits of Americana. While more practical than ornate, today’s farmhouse home plans don't sacrifice the elegant beauty that comes from modern design.
Inspired by traditional country homes, this style has visual appeal and evokes a feeling of hearth and home, tranquility, and peace that makes them popular and timeless. With the rustic look being a hot trend on the architectural landscape, a growing number of home buyers are building, restoring, upgrading, and preserving farmhouses. Modern features such as open floor plans, green living amenities, and bonus rooms are all common in this style today.
Features of the Farmhouse Floor Plans
The term “Farmhouse” speaks more to the home’s functionality than its form, as the classic designs were built to match the large scenic plots of land on which their owners lived. Constructed out of necessity in the beginning, old fashioned farmhouse plans were built to be sturdy, straightforward, and purposeful. Today, modern farmhouse plans have comfortable, inviting, elegant modern designs, allowing the home to become the true focal point of the property.
Here are some other common characteristics of farmhouse style homes:
- These homes can be a one- or two-story structure with simple, vertical lines and oftentimes a gable roof. Bedrooms are generally on the second floor, although many have master suites on the main level.
- Today, because farmhouses aren’t always built on large plots of land, there are deep plans for narrow lots and wide plans available to fit the varying sizes and shapes of lots.
- The signature feature of the farmhouse is the wide wraparound covered porch – marking the transition from the outdoors to the indoors. Porches offer a place of relaxation but are also the center of outdoor entertaining and family activities.
- There’s typically a clear division in the floor plan between formal and informal areas. When you walk through the front door, you enter into a space perfect for entertaining guests. The kitchen, bedrooms, and staircase are typically located at the back of the house.
- Large, spacious kitchens were a must for old fashioned farmhouses in the U.S. The kitchen is still the place where the family gathers for meals, special occasions, and conversations. Today’s designs usually come with an expansive cooking area, equally roomy countertops, and oftentimes an open layout that flows into the living space.
- Wood frame construction and wood siding are traditional. Vinyl siding has become more popular, however.
- Fireplaces, then and now, also provide warmth and comfort.
- Both traditional and modern farmhouses can include a parlor and a family sitting room.
- Dormers are typically found on the second floor to allow natural light to fill the space.
We carry a wide selection of options in this architectural style, including everything from simple farmhouse plans to luxurious family homesteads. Browse through the beautiful designs, and find the farmhouse house plan of your dreams!