The Ultimate Homeowners Guide to Farmhouse Style. There is one show that has single-handedly led the people to the resurgence of farmhouse-style homes. It has made people drawn to the sliding barn doors, deep sinks, and shiplap everywhere in the home. This channel even brings a show whose title is “We Bought the Farm.”
An American Classic
The farmhouses give a comfy, cozy, and full of classic charm feel to people and this was noted by a home design and lifestyle website. The HGTV showcase the nurturing style in all of its comforting glory and the people are instantly attracted towards it. Moreover, people are now even thinking about embracing the tradition and surround themselves with things that can make them happy.
Features of Farmhouse
The farmhouses which were built first in the 1700s were the original “Fixer Uppers.” These houses were boxy and utilitarian as these homes were built by the farmers who need them without the help of the architects. This is why the farmhouse styles are usually simple and it extends to the roofline. Gable or shed roofs are common in farmhouses.
The gable roof has two parts of equal size and they are going down from the central ridge which creates a familiar triangle face front. However, a shed roof creates a lean-to-roof or a flat roof that has a steep slope. These sheds roofs have gained popularity because of their look and are being used by industrialist and also for the minimalist look and work.
There is another new popular variation in the roofs, i.e., a gambrel roof which is also known as barn roof which has two things: two different slopes on each side –a lower slope which is steep and with the upper slope having a shallow angle.
If you close your eyes and imagine a classic American Farmhouse, and we can bet that you will see a white exterior capped with a dark grey or black roof. American farmhouses are exemplified by white board-and-batten siding and it features large wooden boards with thinner wooden boards that would run vertically at equal spaces. This method helps in the contraction and expansion of the natural wood because of the change of weather.
However, these days along with the wooden material for boards and batten, some other materials, such as metal, engineered wood, and vinyl are very common in use.
If you have watched Fixer Upper, then you would be familiar with the shiplap. The traditional shiplap is wide with horizontal wooden planks with a notch that can cut along each side of the plank. The planks are then interlocked to form a snug, protective seal without the overlapping of planks.
It is very rare to find classic farmhouse-style windows as people moved out of the farmhouses to urban-structured homes. With the rise of the industries, people started to move out of the farms and fields towards the larger towns and they took with the architectural characteristics of the farmhouses. This is why most of the urban enclaves look so similar there.
The windows of the farmhouses were large. It let them see the lands and their herds out of them easily. Moreover, the windows were large enough to let the lights come inside and they usually opened to the traditional porches of the farmhouses.
The original farmhouses have wide openings and doorways which would allow the big families of farmers to come inside and outside easily. The kitchen would be the heart of the house and there would be a big lounge too. Moreover, these days, sliding barn doors are appealing to people which is giving flexibility to people to close them. Lastly, the Dutch or stable doors are becoming common in farmhouse homes, especially for the kitchen areas.
One of the common features of the farmhouses was the Porch. The porch was the extension of the main living space, a place to leave the muddy working boots before you come inside the hallway of your house. In the previous days, people use to sit in the morning and evenings to catch the cool breeze.