Modern Farmhouse Exteriors

Modern Farmhouse Exteriors

A few weeks ago I had to pick up some treasure I found on one of the online yard sale sites in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas. Since that area isn’t on any of my regular routes, I wasn’t fully aware of the explosion of tear-downs/new builds. It’s happening more as you go further west away from Midway Road, since the area closest to Midway consists of a lot of ranchers on big lots that have mostly been remodeled in the last 10 years. You could really call it gentrification of sorts, since that area has typically been heavily Hispanic. Of course that’s not nearly the only area where it’s happening in Dallas – some areas of Oak Cliff have been criticized for that, & it’s crazy how it’s happening in & around the Fitzhugh area east of Central.

But what is interesting to me in Midway Hollow that the new builds are either very modern architecture, or Modern Farmhouse – almost exclusively those 2. Modern is not my aesthetic, but I can appreciate it. I do like Modern Farmhouse if it’s done right, but I just wonder at so many going up in one area – is it too trendy? Whether you call it Farmhouse Modern or Urban Farmhouse, it’s coming on strong. If it’s a trend, I guess we have Joanna Gaines to thank for that, right?

This house incorporates all the materials that typify farmhouse architecture – board & batten siding, gables, standing seam metal roof. The main roof composition is shingle, & then they throw in some shingles under the gables, too, so this has a little bit of a beach feel, too, to me. I’m not sure that’s what they were going for, but I feel like you see a lot of that in beach style architecture.


On this home they tied in the color of the garage door with the standing seam metal roof. I also like the detail of the stacked stone under the trio of windows in front. The porch doesn’t go all the way across the front, but is more of a recessed entry. I’m a sucker for these staggered concrete steps from the sidewalk placed in the grass – so pretty & natural in feel.


I love this one for so many reasons. First, painted brick. It’s just my favorite exterior material, & has been for long before it became such a hot design element. They also use the more traditional board & batten on the front above the garage, & the metal roof above the porch. I like the frosted glass front doors, too. And this one also has the recessed entry, as opposed to a porch across the front – a little more modern detail. But the landscaping is really cool, I think! They were able to keep a lot of the mature trees (it’s on a big corner lot), so instead of gooping it up with groundcover under the shade, they used bark mulch combined with gray rock (I’m sure there’s an official name for that), & the result is clean but with an interesting mix of texture & color. Love it.


While this is definitely farmhouse in style, the one big gable across the front makes it feel a little more industrial to me, especially with the clean lines of the entry. The straight roof line across the house over the garage has a barn-like feel to it, especially since they used all metal on the roof. I like the detail of the garage doors, & of course the concrete steps.


This house has the most traditional farmhouse look overall, I think, in it’s lines. The windows are more modern in their starkness, but the raw wood color of the columns & front door add warmth as well as tie in to the wood fence.


The grey brick portion of this farmhouse definitely makes it lean more modern. The metal roof is not painted, as you see with some farmhouse design, but left raw, which is called roofer’s grip finish. I like the detail of the front door being offset, & that you enter from the side. And the concrete steps set into rock is a nice detail, too.


This house, in particular, feels to me like a farmhouse you would happen on out in the country – maybe just because of the simplicity of it’s lines. The red rocking chairs on the porch are a fun detail. And I love a pea gravel drive!

photo: Flipping Out

Even Jeff Lewis is getting in on the Farmhouse Modern trend – you can buy his line of barn door designs at Home Depot. (Love these floors!)


What do you think – would you buy (or build) a Modern Farmhouse in the city?








Libby Haynes