7 Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Home Build


Kacey BradleyIf you're thinking of building your dream farmhouse in the country, no doubt you want to know what elements are must-haves to create that classic look. It takes more than sculpted chickens, after all, to make a house into a home. Before you consult with your architect, it pays to know to generate some ideas in advance.

Below are seven classic farmhouse features which are a must to create the look you desire. Of course, your home is your castle, so feel free to modify these ideas to create your signature style. Consider the following elements when designing your dream farmhouse.


1. The Wraparound Porch

Anyone who has ever looked longingly at photos of farmhouses in the country can't help but be drawn to the long, wraparound porches perfect for sipping cool lemonade during the summer months. An absolute must for your own dream farmhouse is a front, back or full wraparound porch. You can paint it the traditional white or even go with a bright red color — just keep in mind, the bigger the porch, the better!

2. The Tin Roof (Not Rusted)

A metal roof offers unparalleled durability, so there's no need to worry about needing costly repairs five years down the road if you go with this option. Plus, with today's insulation, instead of an annoying din when rain hits, you'll enjoy the gentle drone of drops which lull you into a dream-filled sleep.

You don't really need to make like the B52's and build a love shack with a tin roof. Copper roofs add warm tones, and steel tones set off bright paint colors in dramatic contrast.

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