as i mentioned last week, we bought some property and are in the process of designing a house! my plan is to walk you through our whole process, so today we’re going to talk about my inspiration for the overall look of the exterior of the home (full pinterest page here).
while the term is getting quite a bit of over-use, or maybe the style is as well, we’re going for a “modern farmhouse” look. to me, that basically means clean lines and some classic elements mixed with more modern elements as well.
our main structure is going to be a simple rectangular two-story “box” with a lot of windows. we are looking to build this home in the most efficient ways possible, both in terms of time and money. while our last house had several pop-outs, interesting architectural elements, and a variety of roof lines, this one will be one roof line with 4 exterior walls.
while that starts to sound a bit stark, we’re going to add in fun elements that will keep it both farmhouse in nature and modern. while many of my inspiration pictures feature board & batten siding, we’re going to stick with wide horizontal siding, painted white. i have been wanting a white house for so long! we’re planning on a metal roof, which would be one area where we’d be splurging, so there’s a small chance that will get nixed (please, no!). we want some metal elements as well, so we’ll probably do a porch roof with black metal trim, but warm it up with stained wood on the underside of the porch roof, like in the image above.
we are planning on 3 structures on our property: the main house, the garage and loft above attached to the main house, and hopefully a barn (i’ll give more details on that in another post). the 3 structures together will form a “u” shape that will be a courtyard in the front, and will be our main outdoor living space. while i love lots of grass, watering and maintaining it just won’t work for us, so we’re planning on using DG (decomposed granite) as the main ground cover, with concrete pathways, and lots of trees, plants, and raised gardens.
while this picture gives a bit more of an interior look, its the doors that catch my eye. our windows and doors will all be black. i’d love for them to be steel, but thats just way out of our budget, so we’re looking at alternate options.
i’m also trying to decide of the exteriors of the 3 structures should be the same or different. while we’ve nixed the idea of a wood exterior (too much maintenance), i love the mix of a white house with a weathered wood structure next to it – so pretty!
this is my favorite exterior element i’m determined to work into the plan: a glass bridge from the main house to the loft above the garage! isn’t that stunning?! i love the simplicity of the 2 buildings and the modern glass enclosure. for those of you wondering, the loft above the garage will be for my parents, who did the same thing at our last house. they don’t live with us full time, but are here on average a week a month. they like to have their space, but also still be close and connected with us.
we’re wrapping up the main design plans and heading into engineering soon! any questions or ideas for me?