8 Modern American Farmhouses

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By Byron Loker / Published by Dwell
With a strong connection to the land and a nostalgic silhouette, there's something special about farmhouses that recalls a bygone era.

But that doesn't mean they have to be stuck in the olden days. In fact, many architects have created new homes that are inspired by the classic structure, while others have renovated old farm buildings, introducing new materials and modern amenities. Here are a few examples of the traditional farmhouse that have been reinvented.

Recalling Old-Time Americana

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 1 of 8 - 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.

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.

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 2 of 8 - "The main volume presents a traditional front and is wrapped on the west and south by a deep porch," says architect Erin Sterling Lewis. "Living and dining spaces access the porch." A standing seam metal roof with a Kynar finish and HardiePlank Lap Siding cover the exterior of this 3,000-square-foot home.

"The main volume presents a traditional front and is wrapped on the west and south by a deep porch," says architect Erin Sterling Lewis. "Living and dining spaces access the porch." A standing seam metal roof with a Kynar finish and HardiePlank Lap Siding cover the exterior of this 3,000-square-foot home.

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 3 of 8 - Self-taught designer Tom Givone continued his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with this creation—a torqued-volume addition to an 1850s family homestead in Pennsylvania.

Self-taught designer Tom Givone continued his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with this creation—a torqued-volume addition to an 1850s family homestead in Pennsylvania.

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 4 of 8 - Nicknamed the Floating Farmhouse, this 200-year-old home inspired one former copywriter to delve into architecture as a living. Inside, renovator and owner Tom Givone mixes vintage and industrial decor. 

Nicknamed the Floating Farmhouse, this 200-year-old home inspired one former copywriter to delve into architecture as a living. Inside, renovator and owner Tom Givone mixes vintage and industrial decor. 

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 5 of 8 - This contemporary farmhouse was designed for a client that loves to cook and entertain in the open air.

This contemporary farmhouse was designed for a client that loves to cook and entertain in the open air.

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 6 of 8 - "Like the old farmhouses and barns of the Champlain Valley, the Foote Farm House has a clearly ordered wood frame on a sturdy foundation, an exterior skin made of local materials, an economy of form with tried-and-true proportions, a central fireplace, and a common-sense relationship to the sun and the weather." - Architect John McLeod

"Like the old farmhouses and barns of the Champlain Valley, the Foote Farm House has a clearly ordered wood frame on a sturdy foundation, an exterior skin made of local materials, an economy of form with tried-and-true proportions, a central fireplace, and a common-sense relationship to the sun and the weather." - Architect John McLeod

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 7 of 8 - This spacious structure is supported by wooden beams, while floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the natural light. Reclaimed materials are perfectly in place in this home, which combines a number of styles including minimalism, industrial, and contemporary.

This spacious structure is supported by wooden beams, while floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the natural light. Reclaimed materials are perfectly in place in this home, which combines a number of styles including minimalism, industrial, and contemporary.

8 Modern American Farmhouses - Photo 8 of 8 - 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. The benches on their entry porch were built by Geoff using a design plan by Aldo Leopold, the pioneering Iowa-born conservationist and writer whose spirit and thoughts seem to preside over the house.

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. The benches on their entry porch were built by Geoff using a design plan by Aldo Leopold, the pioneering Iowa-born conservationist and writer whose spirit and thoughts seem to preside over the house.

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