modern farmhouse: exterior inspiration

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).

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration

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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.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration


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.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration


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.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration


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.

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration


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!

modern farmhouse exterior inspiration


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?

exciting news!

we bought land!


it has been nearly 2 years that we have been trying to secure land in a specific neighborhood in our town, and after all this time it is finally done!  we closed escrow last week on a 2 1/2 acre parcel that we had been waiting on to be split from the original owner.  that split process that we thought would take just a few months from when we started, took much, much longer!  but thankfully, we are done and its ours!

even though it wasn’t officially ours, we decided several months ago to move forward with designing a home for it.  we’ve renovated and remodeled a few homes since we got married, but never completely started from scratch before, so this is a whole new kind of adventure for us.  we keep saying that we’re crazy to do this all over (we built our last house from the sub-floor up), but it took us 9 years to muster up the energy to do it again!

after interviewing several local builders, we decided to go with a design/build firm that walks us through 3 phases: design/concept, construction documents/permits, and construction.  we are nearing the end of phase 1, after going through several rounds of design alterations.  i did the majority of the design myself, but it has been so fun to work with a professional who really sees my vision for our property, has patience with my changes, and has been great at helping me tweak the spaces that weren’t working properly.


designing this house has been both fun and grueling!  i love love love the design process, but since i was starting with no frames, no lines to color within, it was a little daunting at times.  i have a fat file folder stuffed with plans that have been revised repeatedly.


our plan is a simple box of sorts, a basic rectangle 2-story structure.  we are looking to keep things classic and modern, and very economical.  i’ll be sharing more of our vision soon!


(trying to figure out stair placement and layout was so tricky!  we had to have 17 stairs and they had to work in one specific area.  i definitely relied on our designer to work out that detail in the end for me!)


the lot is in the county, but basically as close to the city as you can get (literally – its city land just across the street from us).  we wanted to be on county land since we’ve found our city very difficult to work with on housing and building issues, but we wanted the benefit of being close to downtown since we just love our town so much.  we are just a few blocks away from a bike path that is a quick couple miles to downtown, and our kids are going to love having that freedom as they get older!


this picture is of sean and i on a hike we took on our way back home from an anniversary getaway.  on our way down, we ran into a woman from church who told us about lots being split and sold in her neighborhood, an area we loved, but didn’t think had any available properties.  we ended up buying our land from that woman and her husband!

thanks for being patient with me and my lack of posts, house posts specifically.  i have been wanting to share this news for so long, but just felt it best to wait until we closed escrow.  i can’t wait to share all our ideas and plans with you!