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8 Ways to Modernize a Farmhouse

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Inspired by architect Lucy Marston's edited farmhouse in the English countryside (featured in our March 2014 issue), we've rounded up a few more modern farmhouse renovations.
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  For one couple's home in southwestern Missouri, “they were really pushing for a traditional farmhouse,” explains architect Matthew Hufft, of the Kansas City–based firm Hufft Projects. “But through the design process, they got more and more excited about modern.” Photo by Joe Pugliese.  Photo by: Joe Pugliese

    For one couple's home in southwestern Missouri, “they were really pushing for a traditional farmhouse,” explains architect Matthew Hufft, of the Kansas City–based firm Hufft Projects. “But through the design process, they got more and more excited about modern.” Photo by Joe Pugliese.

    Photo by: Joe Pugliese

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  Nestled in two and a half acres of land near Boone, North Carolina, Chad Everhart raised a barely-standing old farmhouse into a modest residence that relies on its vernacular roots. Everhart salvaged some hemlock and chestnut flooring here, some one-inch-by-ten-inch planks of white pine there and rebuilt the house with a similar profile on the original concrete block foundation. Image courtesy Chad Everhart Architect.  Courtesy of: Courtesy Chad Everhart Architect

    Nestled in two and a half acres of land near Boone, North Carolina, Chad Everhart raised a barely-standing old farmhouse into a modest residence that relies on its vernacular roots. Everhart salvaged some hemlock and chestnut flooring here, some one-inch-by-ten-inch planks of white pine there and rebuilt the house with a similar profile on the original concrete block foundation. Image courtesy Chad Everhart Architect.

    Courtesy of: Courtesy Chad Everhart Architect

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  After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. Re-clad with rigid insulation and painted Hardie-board, and topped with a ventilated roof with deep overhangs, the old house is many times more comfortable and energy-efficient than it used to be, while still retaining its original character.   Courtesy of: 2011 © Edward Caldwell

    After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example out of it. Re-clad with rigid insulation and painted Hardie-board, and topped with a ventilated roof with deep overhangs, the old house is many times more comfortable and energy-efficient than it used to be, while still retaining its original character. 

    Courtesy of: 2011 © Edward Caldwell

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  Geoff and Joanna Mouming wanted their house to blend modernist ideas with the agrarian Iowa landscape. “We like wooden ceilings. We like red. We like modern architecture,” Geoff says. “But we wanted it to respect the context.” Photo by Mark Mahaney.  Photo by: Mark MahaneyCourtesy of: Mark Mahaney

    Geoff and Joanna Mouming wanted their house to blend modernist ideas with the agrarian Iowa landscape. “We like wooden ceilings. We like red. We like modern architecture,” Geoff says. “But we wanted it to respect the context.” Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    Courtesy of: Mark Mahaney

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  Tom Givone updated this 1820s farmhouse in upstate New York with many modern touches—including a wall of skyscraper glass and a Cor-Ten steel wood-burning oven—but kept the kitchen otherwise authentic, with a giant butcher block island in the kitchen and a vintage table with salvaged wooden chairs. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Tom Givone updated this 1820s farmhouse in upstate New York with many modern touches—including a wall of skyscraper glass and a Cor-Ten steel wood-burning oven—but kept the kitchen otherwise authentic, with a giant butcher block island in the kitchen and a vintage table with salvaged wooden chairs. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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  Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of agrarian minimalism. Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.  Photo by: Christoffer Rudquist

    Subverting the traditional, conservatively cozy British barn conversion, Carl Turner created a getaway in rural Norfolk for himself and his friends to visit, repose, and consider the beauty of agrarian minimalism. Photo by Christoffer Rudquist.

    Photo by: Christoffer Rudquist

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  In architect Lucy Marston's own Suffolk farmhouse, bold color infuses the traditional wood siding in the entrance hall. She designed the new house for her family, from the ground up, that was inspired by the property's crumbling farm laborers’ cottages and Victorian barns—all part of a former working farm. Photo by Damian Russell.  Photo by: Damian Russell Courtesy of: Damian Russell

    In architect Lucy Marston's own Suffolk farmhouse, bold color infuses the traditional wood siding in the entrance hall. She designed the new house for her family, from the ground up, that was inspired by the property's crumbling farm laborers’ cottages and Victorian barns—all part of a former working farm. Photo by Damian Russell.

    Photo by: Damian Russell

    Courtesy of: Damian Russell

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  And for anyone seeking legit tips on how to convert a farmhouse into a thoroughly modern abode, check our ten tips gleaned from the folks at Modern Farmer magazine.

    And for anyone seeking legit tips on how to convert a farmhouse into a thoroughly modern abode, check our ten tips gleaned from the folks at Modern Farmer magazine.

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