A fresh approach to the region’s rural vernacular architecture
The hills and farmland around Springfield, Missouri, shelter a smattering of architectural styles, from ranch houses to split-levels to latter-day Tudors. But the most enduring style is the farmhouse, which goes something like this: white clapboard, small dormer windows, two stories, porch. “They’re all over the Midwest,” says architect Matthew Hufft. The Porch House was inspired by the farmhouse style, but twisted it a little. “I was taking cues from something traditional,” Hufft says, “but translated it into something more modern.” In his interpretation, the white clapboard stayed and a typical farmhouse roof, done in metal, outlines the home’s shape. But the gabled dormers are exaggerated, the porch has lost its railings and pillars, and the double-hung win- dows are oversized. Inside, high ceilings, sliding glass doors, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide an airy, open atmosphere.