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.

Seen from a distance, the farmhouse has a time-honored quality, though it’s still clearly a product of the 21st century.
BLAIR NICHE PROJECT

At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.
Rising to a catwalk above, a huge glass-and-steel central stair envisioned by architect Filippo Caprioglio spans four floors of the Chiavellis’ newly expanded house.
Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture only uses a tenth of the energy a conventionally constructed home does. Photo by Nicholas Calcott.
"It only cost about $48,000 to build, which was incredibly cheap," says Turner of the Stealth Barn. "We got the Timber Frame Company to supply the shell, then we clad it and fitted out the interior and windows ourselves. The idea was to take the archetypal black tar-painted agricultural building and make an almost childlike icon of that."
The main entrance is on the house’s south side. It leads to a central hall from which all sections of the home are accessible.
A picnic table in a matching hue to the Stealth Barn rests between the two structures.
Just Venting

Though a tight thermal envelope is critical to the E+ Home’s sustainability, 

Kolon’s heat recovery ventilation and air filtration systems (above the desk) help ease the load.
A glass-lined shower with a Hudson Reed showerhead adds a modern touch to the second-floor bathroom. A pane of privacy glass lets natural light enter the room.
In the kitchen area and throughout the home, Mads Odgård, shown here, and Mette Lyng Hansen mixed Odgård’s pieces, such as the Odgård kettle for Raadvad and custom table, with Ikea basics  and the Workshop pendant lamp by Louis Poulsen.
At a fraction of the size of Ochre Barn, Stealth Barn is just one clear shot down the hall from the kitchen to the bedroom. OSB is an even stronger part of the interior here evoking bales of hay.
The dwelling showcases the designer’s collection of Danish chairs and loungers from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s — including pieces designed by Kofod Larsen, J.L Moller, Harry Ostergaard, Bruno Mathsson, and Hans J. Wegner.
Though the house is sleekly modern—some visitors unaccustomed to contemporary architecture have said it looks like a spaceship—there are winks to old-time Americana throughout the property.
The long gangplank of a deck runs right out into the fields, a fact that Treanor relishes.
The Cord Sleeper Series was designed by busk+Hertzog for Softline and is available as a full sofa or as a lounge chair. The Cord Sleeper Sofa is an innovative sofa bed that is designed to communicate with urban living—it has a slim profile and folds into a smaller footprint than typical double beds.
The Cord Sleeper Series was designed by busk+Hertzog for Softline and is available as a full sofa or as a lounge chair. The Cord Sleeper Sofa is an innovative sofa bed that is designed to communicate with urban living—it has a slim profile and folds into a smaller footprint than typical double beds. By simply unfolding the sofa, the Cord Sleeper Sofa easily pulls out into a bed, and the back rest can be adjusted to eight different positions to provide ideal comfort, making it an inviting sleeping option for guests. The back cushions on the sofa are filled with down feathers, making them a great transitional pillow for sleeping.
In this kitchen, the existing cabinets were updated with a coat of paint and topped with new Caesarstone countertops. The refrigerator, dishwasher, and mixer are from KitchenAid, and the cooktop is from GE.
House in Matosinhos is a minimal home located in Matosinhos, Portugal, created by nu.ma. 
The lot, where the house is inserted, has a non-regular shape, longitudinal, and perpendicular to the street Nossa Senhora da Conceição. It was important to keep the alignment of the house with the existing buildings in order to avoid formal irregularities within the street development. The interior spatial distribution is separated by function and by floors. Due to the longitudinal nature of the lot, the architects proposed an internal yard at the center of the home to allow for natural light to enter the dining/living room and kitchen.
The updated kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, including a Bosch range, a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, and a Frigidaire range hood. The faucet is Hudson Reed.
The modern staircase was built with the same salvaged wall planks that are used as flooring throughout.