BARN/ MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE
6 Things You Should Know about Barn/Modern Farmhouse Style
- This style may contain the most open of all open-concept floor plans. Rooms join each other seamlessly without so much as a change in flooring material or ceiling height to define them.
- Reclaimed timbers are highly prized. If you can’t obtain or afford reclaimed wood, new wood that’s distressed to mimic the look of age will do the trick.
- For the authentic barn look, a gambrel-style roofline (which looks like an old tobacco barn) is a popular choice. If you’re leaning more toward the farmhouse style, a steep pitch topped with a cupola is a clear design indicator.
- Texture and mixed materials lie at the heart of modern barn homes. For example, rusted corrugated metal is used alongside board-and-batten siding and timber-framed details. Paint colors are soft and often distressed for an antiqued appearance.
- Windows are often small and mullioned (divided), but grouped together in clusters to allow natural light to spill indoors. Clerestory windows (those located high within a wall) are also prevalent.
- A spacious, wrap-around porch is almost always a key ingredient.
Photo: Rich Frutchey
6 Things You Should Know about French Country Style
- Sloping, hipped rooflines are typically covered in barrel-style tiles (often clay).
- Dormer windows are common, particularly with a steep pitch or an “eyebrow” arch.
- The windows of the first and second floors (they are almost always multi-story homes) should align in perfect symmetry. In fact, design symmetry is a key component throughout the style.
- The exterior is often clad in brick, stone or stucco in soft, natural hues. The front door may be painted in a vibrant color to allow it to stand out.
- Exterior courtyards or terraces that seem to stem from inside the home are archetypal elements.
- Exquisite details, like carved or embossed embellishments on banisters, mantels or the timber frame itself are indicative of the style, but it always maintains its rustic warmth.
Photo: Roger Wade, Courtesy of PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes
6 Things You Should Know about Mid-Century Modern Style
- The exterior elevations are characterized by low, flat planes and clean, angular lines.
- Occasionally, rooflines will have a gradual inverted pitch, where the centerline is lower than the eaves.
- Windows are plentiful and huge. Sliding doors and retractable window walls are common in order to obliterate the line of demarcation between indoors and out.
- Inside, multiple, and often subtle, changes in elevation are a key component to the motif. Think: split-level plans, step-downs from the entryway and sunken living rooms. Partial/half-walls to create a sense of separation while keeping the floor plan open are common.
- Healthy living is an important philosophy behind the style, so special spaces like internal courtyards or multiple access points to exterior living areas are plentiful.
- Even with its commitment to nature, the color palette of the style is bold, with pops of saturated hues or graphic use of high-contrast colors, like black and white.
Photo: Steve Umland
6 Things You Should Know about Craftsman Style
- In a rejection of the compartmentalized, boxy rooms of the Victorian era, Craftsman homes have open, free-flowing floor plans.
- Double-hung or casement wood windows, with clear panes at the bottom and vertical (never horizontal) grilles at the top are indicative of the style.
- Built-in furniture, including sofas and tables, is common. Even light fixtures are often an integral part of the design.
- Fireplaces are more than just a pretty feature — they are important symbols of family unity. They’re often oversized and sport large exterior chimneys.
- Rooflines have low pitches with wide eaves.
- Porches are prevalent and have thick, square columns, often tapering slightly toward the overhang or porch ceiling.
TUDOR REVIVAL STYLE
Photo: Joseph Hilliard, Courtesy Riverbend Timber Framing
6 Things You Should Know about Tudor Revival Style
- The exposed half-timber detail on the exterior used to be structural, but it was very energy inefficient. The half-timbers you see on modern Tudor revival homes are purely decorative.
- In addition to the exposed-timber details, the exteriors combine other materials like stucco and brick. The latter is frequently set in an ornamental pattern, like herringbone.
- Rooflines are quite steep and feature a large number of gables and dormers. Roofs are often clad in natural or synthetic slate.
- They are always at least two, and sometimes three, stories high, and often feature a cantilevered (overhanging) portion on the upper level. Though the central gathering room of today’s Tudor revival home may be open-concept, the style tends to have more formal and sequestered spaces than other types of architecture.
- Windows are tall and narrow with multiple square- or diamond-shaped panes; often leaded glass. Trim around the windows is typically wide.
- Fireplaces are highly decorative. Even the chimneys are flashy, featuring ornamental chimney pots on top.