Modern Farmhouse with Open Floor Plan in Chester County
2016 Regional Contractor of the Year
Delchester NARI DelCY Award
Residential Interior Over $150,000
Our client had recently purchased this home for its location and beautiful, secluded setting. They could see the potential in the dramatic ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. But this 80’s Contemporary was badly in need of an update. Once the epitome of a stylish house, it now just looked kitschy and dated. They asked us to design a modern, sophisticated, yet casual reincarnation that would realize its potential and restore its “cool”.
Spring Creek Design transformed this home from “80’s Contemporary” to “Modern Farmhouse” and the clients love it! Wood, stone, and a soaring, barn-like interior space are combined with clean, modern lines. By using a stark, neutral color palette, we created a gallery-like background to allow the accent elements to become stars. The stone fireplace, Douglas Fir rafter ties, pops of red in the kitchen, steel stair railing, and the homeowners’ art and collectibles stand out beautifully in this space.
Removing the old central staircase freed up floor space to allow for the dramatic expression of the kitchen. The new stairway provides access to the front entry and both levels of the home. We even included extra floor space between the two main work areas in the kitchen to accommodate Tess, the German Shepherd who likes to lay in the kitchen while her “parents” are cooking!
- Create an open-plan main living level. Address an odd floorpan that included a stairway to the lower level that opened into the middle of the floor space.
- Express a “Modern Farmhouse” style, combining modern sophistication with an organic, casual rusticity.
- Design a “social kitchen” – an open space with a large island, casual seating and wide walking/working spaces that would accommodate frequent, informal entertaining and serious cooking.
- We designed a large floating soffit to anchor the kitchen without walls. Suspended from the rafter ties above the island, the soffit also provides a surface to mount unique LED task lighting in this otherwise high-ceilinged space.
- A beautiful slab of Pennsylvania cherry was selected for the island bar top. Its organic form is a natural contrast to the harder lines of the modern cabinetry and black Paperstone counter tops.
- A new glass cocktail bar spans the floor-to-ceiling kitchen window.
- Oversized 4 x 8 kiln-dried Douglas Fir timbers are used for rafter ties and bring in a rustic element to the modern space.
- By eliminating a second stairway we opened up the floorplan and created a free-standing installation that provides separation for the foyer.
- Upgraded main foyer stairs with new steel railings that blend with the modern aesthetic, new maple box stairs and a slate floor in the foyer.