Modern Farmhouses

Modern farmhouses capture traditional curb appeal with open-concept floor plans for today’s homeowner.

Farmhouse style homes are typically characterized by wraparound porches and a roof that breaks to a shallower pitch at the porch. They often have a Country feel and feature dormers for a traditional look.

Siding is a common choice for a farmhouse exterior, but more and more modern farmhouses are built with brick, stone, or any mix of materials. Brick can lend a grand appearance that is warm and inviting.

Whether they are small or expansive, farmhouses are usually two stories with some of the bedrooms upstairs. Most modern farmhouses feature a master suite on the main level for convenience, with some or all of the additional bedrooms on the second floor.

Open-concept layouts are popular in modern farmhouses, with vaulted ceilings and skylights adding volume and bringing in plenty of natural light. Kitchens are open to the great room and dining areas to allow conversation to flow freely, allowing the family cook to stay connected at gatherings.

Some farmhouses have Low Country flair and are well-suited for coastal areas, whether for vacation or year-round living. Post/pier foundations are specifically designed for waterfront lots, and if your dream farmhouse isn’t already designed this way, you can have it modified if needed.

Even if you have a narrow lot in the suburbs, there are farmhouse plans that will suit your location! The Advanced Search option lets you enter the maximum width your lot can accommodate while searching only farmhouse style homes.

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: The Eastlake #1256

The Eastlake is an impressive brick design with country charm.

The Eastlake - House Plan 1256

Front rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Expansive kitchen with e-space and walk-in pantry.
  • Screened  porch with summer kitchen and see-thru fireplace.
  • The study is an ideal home office.
Live, work, and play

A brick exterior, twin dormers, and an expansive, columned front porch combine to give the Eastlake Plan a stately façade. A study and formal dining room flank the foyer, leading to a soaring two-story great room. The expansive kitchen is open, with an e-space and walk-in pantry.  A sunny breakfast nook, family room, and screened porch with outdoor kitchen provide casual space to relax. A fabulous master suite completes the main floor.

First Floor Plan of The Eastlake - House Plan 1256


The second floor is open to the great room and foyer below with an attractive curved railing. One bedroom is ideal for guests or older children, with a walk-in closet and private bathroom. Two additional bedrooms and a bonus room share a hall bath.

Second Floor Plan of The Eastlake - House Plan 1256

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Similar plans:

The Peppermill - House Plan #1034The Peppermill Plan #1034 is smaller with a similar front exterior. See it here.

The Arbordale Plan #450The Arbordale Plan #452 is similar in size with a different layout. See it here.

First Entry in the 2014 Photo Contest

Amy and Mark sent in their photos of the Northwyke Plan #759 – the first entry in this year’s photo contest!

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The Northwyke Plan #759

An enchanting, L-shaped front porch lends charm and grace to this country home with dual dormers and gables.

Bay windows expand both of the home’s dining areas, while the great room and kitchen are amplified by a shared cathedral ceiling. The generous great room features a fireplace with flanking built-ins, skylights, and access to a marvelous back porch.

Perfect for young families, this mid size home maintains master suite privacy while keeping close proximity to children’s bedrooms. A cathedral ceiling enhances the master bedroom, which enjoys a large walk-in closet and luxurious bath. Two more bedrooms, one with cathedral ceiling, share a generous hall bath with dual sink vanity.

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Video Tour: The Arbordale Plan

Take the new video tour through this Modern Farmhouse

This beautiful farmhouse with prominent twin gables and bays adds just the right amount of country style to modern family life.

Large open living spaces

The main floor is bright and open, with bay windows, columns, and a two-story ceiling in the great room. The master suite is quietly tucked away with no bedrooms directly above, and the cook of the family will love the spacious U-shaped kitchen with ample cabinets and pantry.

Video Tour: First Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452


Flexible space upstairs

The bonus room is easily accessible from the back stairs or second floor, where three large bedrooms share two full baths. Storage space abounds with walk-ins, hall shelves, and a linen closet upstairs. A curved balcony borders a versatile loft/study that overlooks the stunning two-story great room.

Second Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

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