If you’re like most Americans over the age of 30, you may be familiar with a little something called Zillow scrolling. Many have found that there’s a perverse enjoyment in fantasizing about houses you can’t afford. From sprawling English manors to decadent Mediterranean coastal chalets, there sure are some nice houses out there. But one of the most popular architectural types right now is farmhouse style. The modern farmhouse exterior is hot in 2021. Here’s why.
4 Features of the Farmhouse Style
A modern farmhouse exterior capitalizes on a rustic countryside aesthetic — inspiring warm and cozy feelings while elevating curb appeal. These homes definitely have a specific type of vibe. So even if you can’t afford to transform your own abode into one with that charming farmhouse look, you may be curious what it would be like if you could. And not for nothing: there actually are ways to achieve this aesthetic without breaking the bank. More on that later.
So what home features define the farmhouse style? Well, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but certain ones really do bring out that modern farmhouse exterior.
Nothing says down-home living quite like cedar-wrapped porch posts. The benefits of cedar are well-documented. From its pleasant, earthy smell to its insect-repelling nature and resistance to the elements. Authentic, rugged, and sturdy — cedar posts will bring that quintessential farmhouse look to any porch.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows are one of the most popular choices for farmhouse windows because they let you get a breeze in. While window selection may not always seem as sexy as, for instance, outfitting a porch with cedar, you might be surprised at the difference great windows can make. *Slider windows are another viable option for nailing that farmhouse style.
Board and Batten Siding
This vertical siding looks amazing around farm-style architecture. Typically installed in white or black, board and batten siding is one of the first things people think of when they think of this exterior style.
While the roof is sometimes overlooked when it comes to achieving a farmhouse style, it’s SO important. Black or white fascia has the uncanny effect of making contemporary farm homes POP!
What is fascia? Fascia is the part of a roof that accents the outer edge running perpendicular to the ground. In other words, what trim is to a baseboard, fascia is to a roof.
The Major Obstacle
We all sort of instinctively understand that the primary deterrent to achieving the modern farm style — to having homes like the ones we see on Zillow — is often the price tag. Let’s say you wanted to renovate your existing home for this kind of look. According to Brick & Batten, the average price of an exterior renovation is $7,700. That’s kind of pricey., right? We certainly think so.
And it got us thinking.
*Announcing: The Farmhouse Refresh Summer Special*
We had an idea at GPro Exteriors: why not draw on our experience in roofing, siding, windows, and gutters to offer a cost-effective modern farmhouse exterior upgrade for our customers? Instead of watching our customers pay an overpriced contractor $8k this summer, we’re offering Ohio and Michigan homeowners another option.
You can have any of the hallmark features we listed above plus many more — all without the crazy price tag. Starting at just $175/monthly we work with our customers on their budgets and schedules to make the upgrades they truly want but didn’t believe they could afford!
A modern farmhouse is one of the coolest aesthetics around. We hope you feel inspired about your home and its potential! If you have any questions at all, we’re here to answer them. Give us a call, check out our other posts, or schedule your free drone estimate today!