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August 21, 2013
A pitched roof doesn’t necessarily mean a home is stuck in the dark ages of the American architectural vernacular. In fact, the following modern farmhouses—which either underwent a transformation or were built with the style in mind—prove that gables and porches can be very modern indeed.
Extended outdoor view of modern house with wraparound porch

Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. We thought it was such an original take, we chose it for the cover of our October 2012 issue.

Photo by Joe Pugliese

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Originally appeared in Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri
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Exterior farmhouse open view kitchen

Tom Givone’s Floating Farmhouse includes a semitransparent addition with a roofline that matches the pitch of the original 1820s New York farmhouse. A porch, tucked under the side eaves, is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property.

Photo by Mark Mahaney

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Originally appeared in Hope Floats
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Yum yum farm house exterior

Geoff and Joanna Mouming’s compact modern farmhouse is the first permanent structure at Yum Yum Farm in Wellman, Iowa. On the field that stretches out before it, organic vegetables will soon make attentive farmers of the Moumings.

Photo by Mark Mahaney

Originally appeared in Organic Living
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Everhart southwest elevation

Architect Chad Everhart updated this old farmhouse near Boone, North Carolina. He could tell it dated back to the Great Depression by the 1930s-era cardboard—once used as insulation—that he found stuffed down between its tongue-and-groove walls.

Image courtesy Chad Everhart Architect.

Originally appeared in Organic Living
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Though it’s technically a bunkhouse, it still has all the right moves for a modern farmhouse. A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas, about 30 miles outside Austin. Situated over a dry creek bed and carefully crafted around the existing loblolly pine trees, the bunkhouse “is sort of like a bridge into the woods,” says Panton.

Photo by Greg Hursley.

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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Extended outdoor view of modern house with wraparound porch

Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. We thought it was such an original take, we chose it for the cover of our October 2012 issue.

Photo by Joe Pugliese

Photo by Joe Pugliese.

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