A Modern Farmhouse in Pennsylvania with Rolling Sunshades
Farmhouses are usually combined with house barns where the animals live. It is located in a rural or an agricultural setting.
If you have watched the television series or have read the book about Heidi, you will no doubt picture this. This kind and sweet little girl lives in a farmhouse on top of the hill where she can see the green pastures 360 degrees. What a view!
But not all farmhouses are the same of course- except for the setting. Did you know that there are already modern farmhouses?
Yes, you can actually make a farmhouse modern in design and concept. Just like what the designers did to our featured house for today.
Cutler Anderson Architects designed the Pennsylvania Farmhouse with impressive features both for its architecture and interior design.
Can you imagine how modern farmhouse could look like?
Well, you do not need to search this on Google because we are going to show you how the Cutler Anderson Architects designed a modern farmhouse.
Scroll down below and you will no doubt end up impressed with how this house turned out!
Designer: Cutler Anderson Architects
Style: Modern farmhouse
Number of Levels: Two-storey
Unique feature: This home is a box-like modern farmhouse with large rolling sunshades.
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Cutler Anderson Architects worked on this modern farmhouse for a large family on a 280-acre farm in northeastern Pennsylvania. This four bedroom home is located in a remote area of northeastern Pennsylvania. It was designed to fit in with the surrounding farming community.
The architects designed a simple white box-like house. From afar, it looks a simple farmhouse but once one gets to see its features like the large rolling screens, it will make one realize that it is an admirable structure. White was used because it is often used to paint original farmhouses and it is the least expensive paint.
The owners of the home chose a piece of land in a meadow on the edge of a hedgerow. The house was designed with a low surface area to volume ratio. This way, the owners can save costs and could simultaneously reflect the simple white form of the practical farmhouse architecture of the region where the house is located.
Inside the house, the double height ceilings create a lofty and open space. The large windows fill the interior with natural light especially if the sunshades are open.
The living room area has a mix of different furniture designs. It also features a tall bookshelf and a wood stove that runs in the middle of it. The heat from the wood stove is captured by ducts at the ceiling and it is circulated to other rooms throughout the house.
There’s a home office area with a long built-in wood desk located at the top of the stairs. This is a good usage of the hallway instead of just leaving it empty.
To create a contrast with the white interior, wood has been added throughout the interior. What you can see here are the stairs that lead up to the second floor of the farmhouse. Isn’t this beautiful? There is also a seating area near it with a triangular wooden coffee table and wooden chairs.
Seen in this picture is the bedroom which has wood window frames. Windows like these are featured throughout the house.
We can get a closer look at the rolling sunshades and screens in this image. It is designed to respond to solar gain through the large south-facing windows. Aside from that, it also enables the building to be safely closed when the owners wanted more privacy.
When the sunshades were closed during hot summer days, the temperature inside the house was reduced by as much as 20 degrees F. There is no air conditioning inside the home since the ambient inside temperature seems comfortable for all occupants.
The house is heated with a ground source heat pump which is backed up with a wood-fired boiler. The wood for the boiler comes from deadfall trees and branches from the surrounding woodlands on the farm.
Isn’t this interesting? Apart from its design, it is also impressive to note that this house from Cutler Anderson Architects has some sustainable features. Apparently, the sunshades are one of its highlights that we can clearly see in the exterior. This is something that we cannot see in other homes, making the Pennsylvania Farmhouse unique. Well, even its architecture is very unique and those who will see it the first time will not expect that the interior is very beautiful. Although we only got a few images of the interior, we are certain that it has too much to offer! What can you say about this house? What particular features would you like to use for your own home?