Our Favorite Farmhouse Exteriors
Modern Twist on Tradition
Although this Tennessee home is only a few years old, it carries all the character of a centuries-old farmhouse. Tall, wood-cased windows and a pitched metal roof topped with a cupola create an unmistakable country look. The black front door and window trim deliver modern contrast against whitewashed brick and board-and-batten siding.
A total renovation turned this dreary barn into a dream farm-style house with feminine flair. Reclaimed wood siding, unusual window shapes, and a hedge fence make this structure a unique gem in Orange County, California. The new windows and features give an otherwise worn farmhouse exterior a modern look.
New Meets Old
This historic Austin farmhouse includes the original 565-square-foot structure—which is now the front entry—and a two-story addition. Board-and-batten siding and a metal roof honor the farmhouse architecture that existed before renovations started, while dark wood-clad windows and posts introduce a taste of modern flair. Landscaping throughout the front yard is built to endure intense Texas heat.
This earth-friendly farmhouse combines form and function in a modern industrial style. Airtight insulation, efficient geothermal heating and cooling, and new metal roofing transformed the 1980s structure. Additions of efficient metal-clad windows and insulated doors had equal influence on the home’s farmhouse-style exterior.
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Southern Coastal Charm
The owners of this white farmhouse exterior built it from the ground up. Horizontal fence slats give the cozy front porch modern styling. Sliding barn-style doors layer on the country charm while offering privacy for the pool—visible through the home’s center hall. Details such as exposed rafters and board-and-batten shutters add authentic coastal charm.
Salvaged by Design
An 1840s farmhouse was beaten down and abandoned until one builder got his hands on it for a much-needed makeover. His clients wanted to hold on to the rustic elements, so his team rebuilt the house from the ground up using disassembled pieces from the original structure. The large 1,600-square-foot farmhouse now welcomes family and friends to the acreage as a guest cottage. Chipped wood, traditional windows, and a wraparound porch supply this modern farmhouse exterior with plenty of country charm.
These homeowners softened the look of their California home by whitewashing the red brick paver path leading up to their front door and painting the dark brown exterior white. Matte black trim and a matching door and sconces create high-definition architecture. Palm trees and tropical plants provide a striking contrast to the white farmhouse exterior.
After consulting with her builder, the owner of this colorful farmhouse exterior framed in the original front door, situated on the side of the home, and built a portico to welcome guests into a new street-facing entry. A warm palette of mossy green and sage balanced with cream differentiates the house from the surrounding beige builds. The picket fence painted the same color as the home is a subtle but stylish nod to classic farmhouse style.
Living the Dream
The owners of this symmetrical stunner brought the epitome of country living to the 'burbs with the home's wrap-around porch. Decorated with wicker chairs and an outdoor bar, it’s got everything they need to enjoy the simple life. A mix of classic colonial windows and bay windows add country character while carving out cozy interior nooks.
When a former interior designer and his partner laid eyes on this 1900 farmhouse in Michigan, they knew exactly what they wanted to do: create a welcoming, vintage-style home filled with sweet, storied finds. The modern farmhouse exterior is as much of a collector’s paradise as the inside, thanks to potted plants and antique market finds. The expansive garden makes the tin-roofed oasis even more inviting.
This Little Rock, Arkansas, home combines traditional building materials like whitewashed brick, stucco, and hardwood to create an eclectic, custom-built farmhouse exterior. The sunflower shade of yellow on the front door adds personality and warmth to the home and helps bring the farmhouse exterior colors together.
Contemporary Country Charm
This 1,730-square-foot modern farmhouse blends contemporary minimalism with country charm. Grille-free windows and an asymmetrically sloped roof offer of-the-moment structure, while board-and-batten siding and a wraparound porch layer on homey touches. Simple stone pavers beckon guests through the gate, where a bright splash of lime greets them at the door.
This farmhouse exterior is brimming with curb appeal (and Colonial accents). A manicured garden lines the brick foundation while pops of turquoise blue adorn the porch’s rocking chairs and latticed storm door. Metal farmhouse sconces and black window trim give the cutesy cottage a contemporary twist.
This family wanted to expand their outdoor living and storage space, so they built this two-story barn on their 5-acre property in Ohio. It was constructed of reclaimed materials from a dilapidated 1890s Mennonite cattle barn the couple found a few towns over. They dismantled, moved, redesigned, and rebuilt the structure to craft a beautiful countryside farmhouse exterior and what is today the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining.
A quintessential farmhouse with a stone foundation, wide porch, and board-and-batten siding gains modern appeal with a pitched metal roof and clean lines. Large pavers incorporated into the landscaping invite guests to the charming front entry.
This 1840s farmhouse in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, took nearly 20 years of gradual renovations to become what it is today. An exterior color palette of navy blue, sky blue, and white gives a hint of coastal cottage appeal but doesn’t distract from the farmhouse charm in the wood-clad windows and metal roof. Upcycled rubble from outbuildings was stacked to create a stone wall, which helped bring the neglected grounds back to life.
It might look simple with its white facade, but this modern farmhouse exterior has a lot going on. Exterior cladding that shifts from board-and-batten siding to lap siding to cedar shakes, plus two roof materials—shingles and metal—gives the house the appearance of age and history. Tall peaks in the roofline make the kids’ rooms, which are above the porch, feel larger and brighter, thanks to clerestory windows.
Rustic Barn Revival
Reminiscent of a restored barn, this gabled-roof gem relies on faded wood panels for its rustic farmhouse exterior. Stacked windows in black, gray, and sage create contrast while also letting in plenty of natural light—a common element found in modern farmhouses. Not so modern is the second front door; these date all the way back to early 19th-century farmhouse design!
The owner of this black and white farmhouse wanted her home’s design to emulate her passions as a winemaker. It had to carry classic charm—much like a sweet Riesling—but also needed unexpected moments. Modern farmhouse decor, like copper accents and terra-cotta planters, brings life to the front entry, while stained cement stairs welcome guests inside. Grille-free windows outlined in nearly black provide modern contrast without looking too stark.