The New England Farmhouse has become an icon of residential building and architecture. In fact, it is difficult to find a more classic and widely built form when considering popular 20th century rural architecture. The farmhouse draws on concepts rooted in earlier traditional colonial design including sharp clean roof lines, modest trim detailing and expansion by building off the main core. This style demonstrates a collaboration of architectural ideas to create a comfortable yet practical design with functional elements, including the ever-popular wrap-around porch, with which this style is defined by.
Although it was not our original intent to create a true farmhouse, the idea of adding an expansive porch to our Granby Colonial design was an intriguing one. There is a very narrow architectural margin inside of which we design and so we were conflicted with this project at first. However, by paying particular attention to the exterior detailing and scale of the structure with its important architectural elements, we were able to create a new house which would contribute, not detract from our other offerings. It is slightly off page with our main design focus but holds merit just the same.
On the first floor of the main house the living space is loosely defined and open, fostering group interaction from space to space. The front entry foyer leads left into a formal dining room. To the right a spacious living room with fireplace flows into a large open kitchen and breakfast area with a cooking fireplace. An impressive covered porch begins outside the living room, continues across the front of the main house and terminates just off the kitchen’s connected sun porch. An abundance of light enters through several glass doors to the sides and rear, helping the home connect with its natural surroundings. A heated mudroom connector contains the laundry area, storage and a half bath that services the first floor. With farmer’s porches off both sides providing covered entry into either side, the connector also leads to the two bay carriage shed. The second floor is accessed by way of a U-shaped stair and contains a gracious master bedroom suite with two separate walk-in closets and a comfortable master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Three other large bedrooms, a shared full bathroom and staircase to the third level accompany the master suite. Optional living space for immediate or future expansion can be found on the third floor of the main house as well as the room above the carriage shed. The third floor is suitable for two comfortable bedrooms and a bath. The second floor of the carriage shed could be used for simple storage, an office, or an exercise room.
The second floor contains two sizable bedrooms with full closets. They share a full bath and additional hallway storage. At the top of the stairs is a common loft area with skylights, providing space for a small office with reading chair and desk. In addition, there is optional living space available on the second floor above the garage which is connected to the home by way of the heated mudroom hallway. This space is often developed into a private office, exercise area, art studio or additional bedroom.
Formal Dining Room, Open Eat-In Kitchen / Breakfast Area with Cooking Fireplace, Attached Sun Porch, Open Living Room with Large Fireplace, Mudroom w/ Two Covered Entries, Half Bath, Laundry, and Two Bay Garage.
Master Bedroom w/ Full Bath and Walk-in Closets, 3 Bedrooms, Full Bath and Stairway to the Third Level. Second Floor above Garage: Optional Living Space or Efficiency Apartment.
Optional Bedrooms (#5 & #6) or office/study space, and a full bath.
- First & Second Floors 3072 SQ. FT.
- Third Floor 902 SQ. FT.
- (Above) GARAGE 520 SQ. FT.
All Home Plans are fully customizable by our firm. Please Contact Classic Colonial Homes to discover the full range of architectural services that we have to offer our clients.