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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.

Let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects assist you in your search for the perfect modern farmhouse, and make sure you are getting the most out of your search with a myDAG membership. This free, easy-to-use service allows you to search easily and save your favorite farmhouse designs, streamlining your search.

Browse all farmhouse home plans here!

Donald Gardner is on Flickr!

If you’re looking for home photos before you make your house plan purchase, be sure to check our Flickr page!

We are continually uploading new albums as they come in. Flickr is also the place to find photos of unfurnished homes, homes that have been significantly modified, or photos that are simply too small to post to our website.

Featured Albums:

The Rochelle Plan #1204 is our newest album, featuring professional quality interior and exterior shots of this stunning, European home.

5 beds, 4 baths, 3162 sq. ft.

The Whitney Plan #1262 is an album you won’t find on our website! These photos were taken when the home wasn’t quite finished, but you can see the thought and detail that went into it’s interior. Note the open layout and ceiling treatments!

  3 beds, 2 baths, 2149 sq. ft.

The Shady Grove Plan #262 is a rustic cabin that is the perfect little vacation getaway. The open kitchen/dining/great room is designed for relaxed gatherings, and the master suite makes up the entire second floor for privacy.

3 beds, 2 baths, 1338 sq. ft.

 The Runnymeade Plan #1164 is a popular small house design, and we have photos from two different homes – one of these is on our Flickr page and features an added 3rd garage bay.

3 beds, 2 baths, 1583 sq. ft.

The Evangeline Plan #1137 has stunning details throughout. This massive album of unfurnished photos shows extra modifications like a brick exterior, a heated/cooled sun room, and built-in wine storage.

  4 beds, 3 baths, 2531 sq. ft., built by JWB, Inc.

There are hundreds of photo albums on our Flickr page, so start  browsing! 

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Stone Ranch with Single Living Space Convenience

The Norton Plan #1305 has a single living area that’s open to the kitchen, dining room, and screened porch.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Small stone ranch offers 469 sq. ft. bonus room.
  • Massive great room with fireplace.
  • Mud room, utility room, linen closet, pantry and several walk-in closets.

The Norton is one of those small homes that looks large upon first glance. Take a closer look and you’ll see a home that lives large with its 2,028 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. The 469 sq. ft. bonus room is ready forexpansion; make it into a hobby room, an extra bedroom or a fun home theater room. The choice is yours and that is only one remarkable feature you’ll find in this small ranch. You’ll also have all the storage you need with a mud room, big utility room and multiple walk-in closets. If you love the outdoors you’ll enjoy the large screen porch with skylights and the patio area.


If you have any questions about our home designs, check out our Q&A page: You Asked…We Answered! Learn more about our house plans and we’ll be glad to provide you with the information you need.

See more house plans with a single living space on the Don Gardner website HERE.