Architecture and design ideas for modern farmhouses, barns, and modern out buildings represent a wish to get back to the land. Here we present ideas for renovating old buildings as well as examples of new modern construction in the country.

A Run-Down Farmhouse Becomes a Sleek Modern Retreat
Jacek Kolasiński took on a massive renovation project in his dream neighborhood.
A Michigan Farmhouse and Barn Become an Airy Artist Retreat
von Weise Associates salvages an abandoned farm for a creative Chicago couple.
7 Rustic Retreats with Surprisingly Sleek Interiors
Tucked away in nature, these rugged cabins and barns conceal remarkably refined living spaces.
Run-Down Row House in Boston Becomes a Quiet Urban Escape with Two Green Roofs
A young architect transforms a small row house into a deceptively roomy family home.
Modern Take on a Texas Farmhouse
A modern, gabled home in Austin is designed to feel like a "leftover railroad house that had been...
Traditional Churches Become Modern Homes
Sometimes church congregations move on, perhaps because the building itself is falling apart or it becomes too small.
A Stone Retreat in France Gets a Sleek Glass Addition
Architect Jean-Luc Etienne updates an old stone cottage near the coast of Brittany, France, with a glass extension and Vipp...
Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis
In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled...
This Spectacular Texas Retreat Cascades Down a Wooded Hillside
Cantilevered indoor/outdoor spaces and towering walls of glass give this Rollingwood home a tree house–like appeal.
A Bare-Bones Hunting Shelter on Mallorca Becomes a Sunny Retreat
Mariana de Delás revitalizes an old stone hut, devising a portable “solar wheelbarrow” to recharge its batteries.
Sleek Geodesic Domes Make Up This Canadian Eco-Retreat
Dômes Charlevoix in Quebec features three kit domes that have been decked out by Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architectes.
A Meticulous Renovation Turns a Run-Down House Into a Storage-Smart Gem
Minute details and judiciously applied materials create a refined home in San Francisco.
A Run-Down Melbourne Bungalow's Makeover Embraces Light and Family Life
Beyond its "stately facade," the interior of this California-style bungalow was forlorn and neglected when the new homeowners...
An Old Post Office Becomes an Idyllic Beach Retreat in Victoria
A budget renovation relies on simple solutions to transform the building into a relaxing oasis.
Farmhouse Burkeldijk
A Belgian farmhouse from 1839 that embraces both its rich history and newly found modern context.
A Modern Farmhouse Recalls Old-Time Americana
Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in...
A Light-Filled Modern Farmhouse Is Built For $240K
Inspired by the rural Wisconsin countryside, a team designs an elegant modern farmhouse with a simple exterior and a bright, airy...
20 Modern American Farmhouses That Update Tradition
With a strong connection to the land and a nostalgic silhouette, there's something special about farmhouses that recalls a bygone...
A Hardworking Home Puts a Modern Twist on the Farmhouse
Clad in blackened timber, Red Hill Farm House is a family home near Melbourne that offers a minimalist take on the local...
A Modern Farmhouse in the Colorado Mountains Teems With Art
Studio B Architecture + Interiors allow one couple’s art and artifacts to take center stage in this modern farmhouse in Aspen.
Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France
Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s simply elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of...
Escape to the Jungle in One of These Modern Forested Retreats
If Tarzan and Jane happened to be design-loving folks, they'd be right at home at any of these vacation destinations.
An Old Stone Building in Tuscany Becomes a Modern Hideaway
A clever renovation transforms an irregularly shaped dwelling in Trequanda, Italy, into a tiny retreat that's bursting with...
Before & After: A Bungalow on the English Coast Becomes an Eclectic Retreat
A couple draw from the surf shack aesthetic to create a holiday home in Camber.
Fall in Love With Bali at This Tropical, Modern Retreat
Sited on a small, serene island off the coast of Bali, Seascape Villa mixes tropical vibes with modern, Mediterranean-inspired...
A Dull Stucco Home Becomes a Modern California Oasis
Christian Rice Architects transformed a Spanish-style dud into a lofty, contemporary gem.
Abandoned Industrial Compound Becomes a Modern Home Base
A couple embarks on a new life together by establishing a homestead on a dilapidated lot in a buzzworthy corner of San...
Escape to a Light-Filled, Beach-Meets-Forest Retreat in Portugal
Sitting across from a deserted beach on a private plot surrounded by a pine forest is a large modernist vacation home that's...
This Modern Villa Sports a Sleek Alternative to Traditional Window Coverings
With extensive glazing along the facade, the property in Corona Del Mar needed a solution that would not detract from views or...
Before & After: A Derelict Cottage and Dairy Stable Become a Sleek Family Compound
Robson Rak Architects protect the storied past of a cottage and dairy stable in Melbourne by inserting a thoughtful glass...
Sleek, Modern Loft Apartments For Sale in a Heritage Neighborhood of London
An impeccable apartment building brings the steel-and-glass sleekness of modern architecture into a historic London neighborhood.
Before & After: A Run-Down Row House in Pennsylvania Gets Adventurous With Color
Purchased for just $59,000, a decrepit 1860 Lancaster house gets a gut renovation that’s not afraid of pattern or color.
An Architect Turns a Weathered French Farmhouse Into a Monastic Retreat for His Parents
In Vaucluse, where he spent his childhood summers, architect Timothee Mercier converts a dilapidated farmhouse into a minimalist...
20 Modern Farmhouse Design Ideas That Are Irresistibly Chic
A balanced blend of rustic and refined, the modern farmhouse style continues to be a rising trend.
Soak In New Zealand’s Rugged Beauty at This Remote Farmhouse Retreat
Accessible via helicopter or a 40-minute 4x4 ride overtop clifftop farm tracks, Scrubby Bay offers a remote slice of paradise on...
A Former Wine Press House Becomes a Modern Vineyard Home
Contrasts abound in a contemporary house filled with a rich history.

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