Form + func­tion

Modern Farmhouse Style - - Family Centered -

Min­i­mal­ist de­sign done right is any­thing but plain or bor­ing. Here’s how clean lines can de­liver a lot of char­ac­ter.

CUE HIS­TOR­I­CAL STYLE. Time­honored fea­tures such as a me­tal roof, ex­posed rafter tails, wide porches, and clap­board sid­ing—all in­spired by Maine farm­houses and beach houses—give a new home old-house charm.

FO­CUS ON AU­THEN­TIC­ITY. The ar­chi­tect and de­signer used nat­u­ral, or­ganic ma­te­ri­als in­side and out. The home fea­tures white oak floors, wood plank walls, Car­rara mar­ble ac­cents, and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly or vin­tage fur­nish­ings and fab­rics.

CHOOSE BOLD, CLEAN AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL AC­CENTS. Even with­out any flour­ishes, the cus­tom plas­ter fire­place in the liv­ing area cre­ates a strong fo­cal point. Other stand­outs in­clude tall win­dows and door­ways, a seam­less Car­rara mar­ble back­splash in the kitchen, and shiplap walls.

CRE­ATE CLEVER STORAGE. To keep clut­ter to a min­i­mum, large an­cil­lary rooms eas­ily close off from the main liv­ing ar­eas. “Our clients are true min­i­mal­ists and live by buy­ing what they need, in place of ex­cess or want. They are also a fam­ily of six and needed the home to be highly func­tional to keep up with the chaos of such a large clan,” de­signer Cort­ney Bishop says.

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