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In-demand: a modern farmhouse style renovation from a 1964 colonial

Before: Built in 1964, this tired old colonial sat unchanged on a beautiful piece of property in a town known for its mansions and high-end living.
After: Douglas Cutler Architecture provided plans for the renovation of a 60’s colonial.

In the 2020’s, a farmhouse style renovation is always the answer!

Back in the sixties, colonial architecture was all the rage. It was considered modern and a way to put rural and antiquated architecture in the rearview mirror. Over the next few decades, many of these colonials were renovated to bring them up to date but rarely did the homes look much different than when they first went up.

“A colonial should stay a colonial,” said the architects of the ’80s and ’90s. but now, things have changed and buyers don’t want their homes to look like the 60s anymore. Here comes the farmhouse style renovation!

“It’s a huge surprise to see that today’s most popular home style looks like a rural farmhouse, even though it sports all the amenities and security that today’s home buyer expects to find in their new house. ” says Douglas Cutler, designer of the new farm style home.

“The developer, Henry Lim, had our firm re-stylize and rework the floor plans to create a contemporary farmhouse theme without moving where it sat on the property,” said Cutler

Transforming a colonial into a farmhouse

The new home has board and baton siding, (vertical and horizontal) and sports traditional double-porch columns beneath the front overhang. The front entryway is elegant yet modest. The window molding is black as the modern-day farmhouse style dictates.

On the inside we find an open and clean floor plan which required completely gutting most of the confining inner walls. Big windows will happily remain drape free to let in all the light and air possible.

The kitchen is just airy space, clearly open to the rest of the first floor but still tucked away from the entertaining areas. There is nothing formal about anything yet it all feels light and free.

Furniture is virtually staged.

The family room with fireplace.
The kitchen is tucked away behind the open staircase but still close to the family living area.
The one-walled staircase has a minimal banister and seems to float in the space.
The formal living room with door to the deck is perfect for entertaining.
A dining area with plenty of room for more guests.

This home only took 9 months from initial sale to completion, including plans. The 2,800 square foot home in Greenwich, CT sold in 2019 for about $350k. We believe it will sell for double that after the renovation!

Farmhouse renovations are not just for old farmhouses anymore. This classic style with a modern twist, provides plenty of functional, open-floor-plan space. More importantly for those who want to sell, the style has nearly universal appeal with younger home buyers. Even if you own a home that was built in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, turning it into a modern farmhouse is a very doable project.

If you have a great property with an older home, give Douglas Cutler a call to see what a modern farmhouse renovation can do for your home’s value.

Many realtors agree that we’re in a bit of a bubble in the suburbs right now, and no one knows how many years it will last. All the more reason to contact Douglas Cutler Architects for a FREE consultation today.

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