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What Are the Design Elements of a Modern Farmhouse?

Unsurprisingly, the modern farmhouse is one of the most popular trends that we see these days at Schumacher Homes. While our customers come to us for custom homes designed to fit their modern lifestyles, there is something timeless, rustic, and charming about the farmhouse style house that draws people towards it. Perhaps in a world of traffic and touch screens, there is something welcoming about coming home to a modern classic with it’s clean lines and sharp contrasts that are steeped in tradition. If the modern farmhouse look is something that appeals to you, there are myriad ways to achieve your vision be it an A-frame roof element, board and batten siding, black trim windows, or outfitting your kitchen with an apron sink complemented by black hardware.

BOARD AND BATTEN SIDING
Let’s begin with the exterior of the home and the elements that can not only lend themselves to this sleek, classic style, but give your home fantastic curb appeal. For many of us, the farmhouse look starts with the A-frame roof, which you should certainly speak to your New Home Consultant about, but what can really push the style to the next level is the incorporation of board and batten siding. You’ve likely seen this look many times, but may not have known that this classic exterior element had a name. The way it plays out is that the boards, or wider pieces of wood, are laid on the exterior with alternating battens, or narrower wooden strips. The battens are set in a relief style, protruding an inch or so from the boards, creating a wonderful three dimensional layering effect. Installed vertically, this siding can help make your home appear taller, making it a true standout in the neighborhood. Luckily, the board and batten siding doesn’t just look great, but it is very low maintenance and it’s quite durable in tough weather conditions.

BLACK TRIM WINDOWS
Basic exterior elements covered, the next step is to create a custom, sophisticated look with black trim windows to contrast a white exterior. This is a simple and highly effective way to bring a bit of modern flair to the classic farmhouse features while adding a bit of pop and texture to your home. Not only does this contrast add dimension to the exterior of the home, it complements the interior, generating a polished, sophisticated space.

“I was a bit skeptical when the idea of black trim was recommended by my New Home Consultant for the windows on my home, but the moment that I saw a real life example, I was sold. I love the contrast both inside and out and somehow the black trim almost makes everything else seem brighter, more spacious, and quite contemporary!” – Vivian G. – Raleigh, NC

WHITE CROWN MOLDING
To help balance the black trim windows within the interior of your home, try using 7-inch white painted crown molding to help create a crisp line finish. Cleaner, more refined lines with minimal detail can help merge contemporary styling with rustic charm, creating a look that adds texture and modernity without taking away from the simplicity of the modern farmhouse design. If you want to go even further, consider a black, or other bold colored front door and add larger door casings and baseboards throughout your home to really accentuate this refined look.

BLACK HARDWARE
There has never been a better time to explore some adventurous touches when designing your home, and black hardware is more popular now than ever before. Everything from light fixtures to door knobs and cabinet pulls are an ideal way to accent your black window frames with subtle touches around your home. Using a matte black finish on these accoutrements can add big style in a small way, helping put the finishing touches on your new custom built home. Adding the modern to a farmhouse style can often be dwindled down to these small touches that reinforce a bit of charisma in your home through the use of stark contrast and clean boundaries between light and dark.

APRON SINK
There are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing the perfect kitchen sink for your custom home, but if your aim is the atmosphere of a modern farmhouse then look no further than a white enameled cast iron farm sink. From the broad, familiar lines and solid durability to the functional design, it’s no wonder that apron-front sinks are more popular than ever in the farmhouse design. The large single apron can accommodate large pots and pans, making cleanup after holiday dinners a breeze, and the enameled cast iron resists chipping, cracking, and burning for years of beauty and reliable performance.

OTHER ACCENTS
The joy of designing a modern farmhouse style home is sifting through the various accents available that can bring the entire picture into focus. The key, like with the black windows and hardware set against white moldings or board and batten siding, is contrast. That contrast can mean anything from hanging modern, circular mirrors above a classic, farmhouse sink or using something old in a new way, like a sliding barn door to divide a large room. To help you in the process, Schumacher Homes homeowners love the FrontDoor™ pricing system as it helps you not only understand all of the options available, but see your budget change in real time. Our FrontDoorTM pricing system was awarded the 2019 Gold Award for “Best Digital Sales Tool/Use of Technology” from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

If you’re looking to model your new custom home in a modern farmhouse style, be sure to incorporate a number of these elements to create a casual, functional home that meets all of the design aesthetics that you love.

We have farmhouse model homes all around the country.  Visit our model homes page to find a farmhouse model to tour near you.

About Schumacher Homes
Schumacher Homes, based in Canton, Ohio, is America’s largest custom homebuilder, with operations in 32 markets in 14 states across the country. The National Housing Quality award winning company has built over 18,000 homes, customized to fit each family’s lifestyle, since its founding by Paul Schumacher in 1992. Schumacher Homes takes each customer’s inspiration and gives it a home. Each Schumacher Homes location includes a one-stop shopping design studio and model homes displaying the latest in architectural and product trends.  Stop in today, be inspired and receive your no obligation price quote.

How Tile Can Finish A Room

It’s about time that tile earns its rightful place as an affordable, stylish, addition to nearly any room in your home. No longer just for shower walls and bathroom floors, the variety of tiles available in the market today make it both a durable replacement for expensive stonework and a captivating material for accent walls and a bit of stylish flair. That’s why we wanted to lay out a few ideas here for you to better understand what tile can do to spruce up your home, turning it into something truly wonderful.

ADDING VISUAL DEPTH TO YOUR KITCHEN
The kitchen is often thought of as the heart of the home. It can be the epicenter of family gatherings or just a place where your children finish their homework and tell you about their day while you’re busy figuring out how to hide some vegetables in their dinner. You’ve likely already planned out and customized just how you want things laid out, like where the stove will be in relation to the sink and the fridge, but putting those final design touches in just the right way are what will really add love to the heart of your home.

In the kitchen pictured here, we added a new dimension to the already custom space by using Daltile’s Rittenhouse Square in a 3” x 6” subway format to build an elegant backsplash. The bright white tile gifts the empty space with texture and radiance that extends all the way to the ceiling for an even more custom look. This simple detail creates a timeless look that can stylize your kitchen while remaining graceful and charming. The bright white appearance opens the kitchen up, giving it a sense of space while maintaining a rustic charm.

GET THE LOOK & FEEL OF CARRARA MARBLE WITHOUT THE MAINTENANCE
It’s easy to jump onto the idea of installing a marble floor in your master bathroom, after all, this is meant to be a place of luxury and respite. The raw whites and grey veins of a fine piece of Italian stone can instantly transport you to a world of relaxation, but don’t kid yourself, dealing with real marble can be a real stress. From the character of the porous material that can stain quite easily, to the costly installation and the inconsistency from tile to tile, for some people marble can often provide more anxiety than tranquility. Again, this is a perfect moment for tile to make its way into the room. The Marble Attaché by Daltile has forever changed what you might think about tile. It’s a luxury porcelain product that is setting trend like no other as it easily mimics the splendor of marble, but without any of the pain points.

In the bathroom pictured here, we used large squares of the Marble Attaché tile to add a bit of old world luxury to this bright and modern bathroom, drawing it all the way up the far wall to complete the look and enhance the lavish atmosphere. There is nothing better than starting your day in a clean, calm space, and these tiles lend themselves to that perfect morning.

USE TILE FOR A UNIQUE ACCENT WALL
Traditionally you may think of an accent wall being painted with a contrasting color, covered with a chic wallpaper, or perhaps adorned with brick or stone slabs, but you shouldn’t leave tile out of the discussion. The image here illustrates a great room that has achieved a textured architectural design in an unexpected way – by using 12” x 24” large format tile across the entire wall. Perhaps using tile to feature an access wall could be considered a risk as it certainly isn’t the norm, but you probably agree that this risk was well worth the reward. The massive space was overlaid with Daltile’s Severino Collection which takes cues from the tumbling cliffs of the Amalfi Coast to give it a beautiful mix of travertine and marble looks. It’s designed to add warmth and beauty, maintaining clean lines while adding a bit of natural styling to any room.

As you can see, tile is much more versatile than it was when our grandparents were designing their bathroom floors. There are myriad options available from those that replicate Italian marble, to classic New York subway tiles, to anything in between.

The joy that our customers get from choosing all of the final touches to their new home is part of the reward of building custom homes. When it comes to working with Schumacher Homes, our FrontDoor™ price quote system makes it incredibly easy to understand exactly what you’re getting and how much it will cost.

There are an incredible amount of choices when it comes to finishing details. Paint colors, wall paper, flooring options, ceiling styling, window design, and countertops. Even choosing the correct light switches can lead to decision anxiety. When designing the nuances of your home design, working with your New Home Consultant and Sales Coordinator to understand the options available makes selections easy so that you can make your home not just beautiful, but comfortable and warm.

About Schumacher Homes
Schumacher Homes, based in Canton, Ohio, is America’s largest custom homebuilder, with operations in 32 markets in 14 states across the country. The National Housing Quality award winning company has built over 18,000 homes, customized to fit each family’s lifestyle, since its founding by Paul Schumacher in 1992. Schumacher Homes takes each customer’s inspiration and gives it a home. Each Schumacher Homes location includes a one-stop shopping design studio and model homes displaying the latest in architectural and product trends.  Stop in today, be inspired and receive your no obligation price quote.

Nathan and Megan’s Homeowner Story: How Does Attending a Meet The Builder Event Help in the Construction Process?

As a 16-year active duty Marine family, moving was a part of life for Nathan and Megan. They were excited to learn about their latest move to the St. Tammany region of Louisiana where they planned to build a home. Their search process for a new home, like many, began online, but they steered towards Schumacher Homes rather early in the search as they had a family member who had built a home with Schumacher Homes a few years earlier, and they couldn’t recommend the experience enough to Nathan and Megan.

They decided that a trip to a Meet The Builder event was needed to help them with the process, and when the question was posed to the audience at the event that they attended in Akron, Ohio, “Who drove the furthest to be here today?” Nathan and Megan had it in the bag. They had driven all the way from New Jersey to Akron just to learn more about Schumacher Homes and tour the models at that location.

It isn’t unusual for people to journey from far and wide to our Meet The Builder events. Building a home is an important decision, often a once in a lifetime event, and not something to do without all of the relevant information at hand. People love our Meet The Builder events as it gives them the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the process from choosing house plans, to customization, to picking land, to financing, to the construction process, and everything in between. It’s a day for asking questions to builders about timelines and materials, financial experts about interest rates and loans, or just to mingle with other prospective buyers and gain a bit of insight on what others are searching to build. For Nathan and Megan, it was a moment to ask a few questions and, perhaps most importantly, to tour our model homes.

“It was so helpful to walk through the models!” they told our team. In fact, they completely changed their mind on the home that was right for them after having the chance to take a walk through the various models at our Akron, OH location. Originally believing the Olivia was the best house plan for their family, their minds were swayed to the Charleston once they saw it in person. As with many of our homeowners, they also wanted to incorporate several design and customization ideas as well after seeing the features that some of the other models displayed. They chose to add a cathedral ceiling to the master bedroom to create a more spacious feeling, a larger pantry to the kitchen to provide for all of the provisions it takes to raise a couple of young children, and the ever popular laundry room adjacent to the master bedroom as Megan knew she’d be spending quite a lot of time in there and wanted to keep it convenient. “I’m going to live out of that dryer,” Megan joked, thinking about her two boys, aged 6 and 12. She might be right!

Nathan and Megan, like all of our homeowners, had their own ideas about customization as they were moving from New Jersey to Louisiana. As a busy, military family, it was especially convenient to have the opportunity for an online design and pricing meeting with their New Home Consultant in Baton Rouge using our FrontDoor™ price quote system.

“The FrontDoor™ price quote was great to see everything in detail along with pricing, descriptions, and site costs. It gave us a good solid understanding of what we were able to build.”  -Megan & Nathan

Megan and Nathan are looking forward to living near their family and are grateful that their New Home Consultant was able to recommend a fantastic land realtor to help them look for the perfect lot for their new home. With the process in motion, they are anxiously awaiting their new orders for Nathan’s career so that they can begin the next chapter of their life in their brand new, custom home in Louisiana.

About Schumacher Homes
Schumacher Homes, based in Canton, Ohio, is America’s largest custom homebuilder, with operations in 32 markets in 14 states across the country. The National Housing Quality award winning company has built over 18,000 homes, customized to fit each family’s lifestyle, since its founding by Paul Schumacher in 1992. Schumacher Homes takes each customer’s inspiration and gives it a home. Each Schumacher Homes location includes a one-stop shopping design studio and model homes displaying the latest in architectural and product trends.  Stop in today, be inspired and receive your no obligation price quote.