Collection by Kelly Dawson

Our Modern Farmhouse Dreams Come True in this North Carolina Gem


When the clients (and parents of two) are an an organic farmer and radiologist, you know the results are going to be unique.

A thirty-something couple with two young children envisioned a home in Wake County, North Carolina, that would be practically oxymoronic: simultaneously old and modern, resembling properties of the past but with the clean lines of the present. As an organic farmer and a radiologist, they were already experienced with uniting disparate backgrounds, and they called upon in situ studio to find the same balance for their impending address. Naturally, one of the first things in situ studio principal Erin Sterling Lewis did was study the classics. The couple desired a farmhouse, so she drove around the area until she found longstanding structures made in that style. She ad her team kept Historic Architecture of Wake County, a book by Kelly A. Lally, in easy access at the office. Lewis referenced other architects, made drawings of her own, and then unveiled a cohesive vision to her clients. They now drive off a two-lane road to arrive at a secluded homestead where traditional details bolster a modern floor plan. “Two children sleep upstairs, and the master suite stretches towards the forest in the rear of the house,” Lewis says. Two opposing ideas made for one wholesome finish.

“The main volume presents a traditional front and is wrapped on the west and south by a deep porch,” says architect...
“It was important to site the house in such a way that it had views to both the field and the forest, but it also...
“Our goal was to strike a good balance between traditional and modern in a way that did not result in simply a...
“Knowing that the kitchen would be where the family would spend most of their time, it was designed to have a variety...
“We had to take into consideration that this young family was going to be living on a viable farm,” says interior...
Stained oak flooring was used throughout the home’s ground level, and continues up the main stairwell.
Only one shade of paint was used in the interior of the home, including the bathroom: Sherwin-Williams's Harmony.
A guest basement sits under the master suite toward the back of the home.
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