While the obsession with the modern farmhouse continues, I’d love to know what style of new home you are building (or planning to build in the future)? And, here’s my advice on which new build details can fall totally flat in your design if you aren’t careful.
Your Modern Farmhouse home will make more money. Is this TRUE?
Recently, I read this article that reported, homes that boasted the “modern farmhouse” style, typically sold for 10.3 percent more than expected.
Since the majority of new build colour specifications we’re doing are definitely either modern farmhouse or specifying some shade of white to PAINT the existing stone or brick to move in that direction, I wondered how true this is for you?
Browsing real estate sites led me to this new build (below). It was built in March 2020 and has had several price reductions (hmm, I wonder why).
Bad pink beige brick with stone combination, black roof on a brown house, and windows that make no sense with a blank, mostly windowless wall on the left side.
This is definitely a house that CANNOT skimp on landscaping which will make a huge difference.
I was quite horrified to see all the charcoal millwork and trim throughout this home. Charcoal trim with grey carpets in the bedrooms, so sad to see this in a brand new SPEC home.
The Barn Door Trend
And the barn door trend. Can it just die NOW please?
Do you know how many barn doors I’ve seen on hotel bathrooms now that this trend is here? And if you’ve never lived with one, you wouldn’t know that you have zero noise or odour control with this type of door.
Someone had to say it.
Do it because it’s a decorative way to close a door, but NOT if you want to muffle any sound or keep kitchen or bathroom odours INSIDE those rooms.
Think about it, a door that is simply floating on top of an opening isn’t that functional.
The classic flooring colour is the ONLY redeemable design feature of this unfortunate new build design.
Should you design a hood fan accent?
And while we are here, let’s talk about the hood fan as-an-accent moment that is going strong.
The hood fan can be an accent if it’s truly fabulous.
Otherwise, I would leave it the same colour as the rest of the kitchen.
Here, it could have worked, repeated in the four drawers underneath the range, but this look died as soon as the pullouts were included in the wood stained colour scheme.
Read more: Classic & Timeless Hood Fans
And I would like some votes on how many people would install this ‘interesting’ backsplash in their kitchen. You might think you’re bored of a basic subway tile backsplash?
But, while YOUR backsplash tile is simple, timeless and beautiful… This kitchen above is what your neighbour (who does not read my blog) is likely doing. 😩
White or Black Farmhouse Trend
Besides the white farmhouse, the black one is also going strong. Stone is often added to try to make each house with identical white or black paint look different in the neighbourhood.
I do appreciate the BALANCE of the stone installation (shown above), AND that this stone has darker pieces in it that relate to the exterior colour. Also, this stone is obviously pink beige as well but because the siding colour is so dark, it just looks warm instead of like the wrong stone was chosen.
Notice also that most of this style of home has been strategically photographed at dusk. When the sun is setting and orange light is reflecting into the windows (the eyes of the home). These windows would otherwise be black holes without this photography.
Over to you my lovelies? I would love to hear from you if you are building or if you know someone who is building, is everyone building a modern farmhouse these days? If not, which style of home are you building?
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