Country style homes are having a moment. A 2020 survey by Homes.com asked more than 5,000 adults in the United States about their preferred home style from a list that included Bohemian Craftsman, Mid-Century Modern Ranch, French Castle, and Tudor, among others. The modern farmhouse was the clear winner, as participants in 42 of the 50 states said this simple, cozy style was their favorite.
Home renovation projects can help homeowners put their own unique stamp on their homes, and the projects can be both aesthetic and functional in nature. Listed below are some farmhouse design elements that homeowners can consider when attempting to remodel their living spaces with the popular style in mind.
• Visible beam: Exposed beams immediately evoke images of a farmhouse. The home improvement experts at BobVila.com note that this rustic renovation project can use real wood or faux beams that look like the real thing. Decorative beams that have nothing to do with the statics of a house can be attached by skilled do-it-yourselfers. However, even artificial beams are heavy, and BobVila.com recommends homeowners have their existing structure assessed by an engineer prior to installation.
• Distressed Wood Finishes: Distressing is meant to make anything less than perfect look. Distressed wood finishes are found in many cottage style homes. Furniture and picture frames can offer the distressed look that farmhouse fans are looking for. This is a relatively inexpensive project that many homeowners can tackle on their own after watching a few online tutorials that recommend the right tools and techniques to get the job done properly.
• Sink: Many components combine to create a truly classic country kitchen. But perhaps no component is more important than the classic farmhouse sink. HGTV’s renovation experts note that a classic farmhouse sink has a deep, wide bowl. Farmhouse sinks are big enough to handle all the dishes that come after a big family dinner. Old-fashioned porcelain sinks are worth considering for homeowners who want their kitchen sinks to evoke a traditional farmhouse feel.
• Countertops: HGTV recommends butcher block countertops for homeowners who prefer the European farmhouse style. Homeowners who are overhauling their kitchens to create a farmhouse feel should consider installing a large island with a walnut butcher block countertop for an authentic farmhouse feel.
Country-style houses are very popular. Some simple renovations can help homeowners with a penchant for the rustic style bring that classic look into their homes.