In rural Iowa, one couple built a modern farmhouse as an anchor for their six-acre organic farm. The kitchen cabinets with cutouts for handles were designed by a local woodworker. The stairs lead to a loft office.
While not technically a farmhouse, this converted 19th-century schoolhouse sits on a Nova Scotia farm filled with converted buildings. "When you do a historic restoration, it’s a great way to learn about tradition," says architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. "I learned a lot from working with [local] artisans, cabinet makers, and window makers. The artisan who made the windows—his family has been making windows that way for 250 years."
This New England farmhouse's design isn't just about aesthetics: Its one central space insulates to provide a place of refuge from the region's cold winters.
Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their architect and longtime friend, the residents have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. The homeowners call the house Porch House after its majestic wraparound porch.
The charm of the farm isn't just an American phenomenon. The designer of this converted Polish farmhouse got rid of half the ceiling, letting it soar up to 23 feet. “My biggest aim was to create an open space and make the house look bigger,” he says.