TRADITIONALLY FARMHOUSES are simply homes built on agricultural lands to house and protect who owned or worked the land. The term Farmhouse isn’t necessarily connected to a particular style identified by a fixed set of features, but a setting for a way of life. This is most likely why its appeal seems to be timeless.
So, what is a farmhouse? A farmhouse is elegant and yet simple. It represents a peaceful agrarian life, but at the same time it serves as a home base for its activity, hence connected to productivity. Farmhouse architecture can be seen as refuge, a safe environment that is grounded in purity, honesty, and simple value. Depending on the type of farm, it also gives its inhabitants a way to be somewhat self-sufficient.
The form of this type of home is highly adaptable. Farmhouses can easily be expanded because their basic shapes make it easy to add porches, sheds, and wings. These houses can also be dressed up or dressed down, depending on what you expect from a home. Each house takes on the imprint if the people who lived there, resulting in a truly vernacular style, one that adapts to local needs and preferences.
The farmhouses we are referring to are typically American and even though their style varies depending on the region/state, they have several elements in common. We are going to go over them and provide a few links to learn more about them.
“Form follows function”. Proportions and scale of the farmhouse derive from practical reasons related to the ease of construction.