Category: Interior Design

The modern farmhouse style. It’s come a long way from the farm.


The term “farmhouse style” describes a home that is a bit different than it was a century ago. Back then, a farmhouse was just that, a house on a farm. It’s where the farmers lived. Today, it’s a very popular design for new homes and has dramatically broadened from a style standpoint. In fact, farmhouse style homes are being built throughout urban and suburban areas. And while the modern farmhouse style has definitely evolved from its days on the farm, its enduring appeal comes from the simple, clean lines, functionality and natural materials.

Latimer Farm House Plan- Weather Vane


If the farmhouse style is what you want out of your home, there are a number of exterior and interior key features that will make it so. First and foremost is the front porch. The front porch provides a nice transition from the exterior to interior. Back on the farm, shoes fresh from the fields needed to stay outside and the porch was that place. That may not be the case today, where a front porch allows for casual seating and a warm welcome.

Brookshire Manor House plan – Front Elevation

The farmhouse style floor plan gives ample room for a growing family with a large kitchen and dining area for entertaining. It usually features 3 plus bedrooms, a fireplace in the family room, a mudroom to keep coats, shoes and bags, and a covered back porch for additional living space. Vaulted ceilings and large windows for natural light are also telling elements of the farmhouse style.

Kensington Creek House Plan- Mud room


The kitchen is a place where the farmhouse style can really shine. A farmhouse style kitchen is large enough to be the central gathering room for the family and an area for dining and entertaining. A most recognized mark of the farmhouse kitchen, is the farmhouse sink. Originally the workhorse of the old farm kitchen, its distinctive style and large size make it a go-to sink for the farmhouse look. Other interior kitchen accents include the use of natural and rustic materials like shiplap and reclaimed wood. The farmhouse style kitchen’s large, open floor plan also provides room for a kitchen island and a sizeable dining table.

Ansley Cottage House Plan- Kitchen

Overall, the farmhouse style works nicely in an urban, suburban and even coastal location.
One of its most attractive attributes comes from its broad style flexibility. It’s clean and simple exterior and interior design allows for modern finishes and furnishings, as well as, the more traditional country décor. Anything with a handcrafted and practical look helps capture the farmhouse style. In our hectic, modern world, the farmhouse style has gained popularity as a way to connect and recapture the true essence of home. The farmhouse style represents an authentic and inviting American lifestyle, where the house is truly part of the family.

Summerlake House Plan- Reclaimed wood barn door
Spacious bathroom in gray tones with heated floors, walk-in shower, double sink vanity and skylights

3 Reasons to Choose a Walk-In Shower

When it comes to your bathroom, wouldn’t you like it to be a place of escape and relaxation? Whether you’re coming home from work, the gym or even a long day outside, nothing can help ease stress better than a hot shower. If you are considering what type of shower to put in your home’s bathroom, a walk-in might be a good option.

A traditional bathroom style typically includes a bathtub/shower combo, but modern times call for modern bathroom layouts. The walk-in shower has now become a staple piece in bathrooms, particularly in master baths.

So what defines a walk-in shower? Essentially, it’s a waterproof bathing space that is built without doors, allowing you to simply walk in. Typically, the floors and walls are tiled, but another common feature is a frameless glass barricade that protects the rest of the room from the spray of water. Now that we know what a walk-in shower is, here are a few reasons why you should consider choosing one for your new bathroom.

1. They are practical.


Artlantica, Savoy
Artlantica, Savoy

Not only are they practical in the way that they are easily accessible, but they are also easy to clean. The water-proof floor allows for quick cleaning and can be washed down in seconds. Another great thing about this type of enclosure is that it is ideal for people with less mobility, such as the elderly, children, or anyone else that struggles lifting their legs over a bath.

2. They are modern and design-friendly.

Artlantica, Ansley Cottage
Artlantica, Ansley Cottage

One of the great things about a walk-in shower is that there is not a singular way to design it. While many builders opt for natural stone, tile is also a popular choice. With that said, you do not have to stick with only one type of material. Often times, designers and homebuilders will choose two different types of tile or stone to mix and match.

3. It adds the illusion of more space.

Artlantica, Defoors Mill
Artlantica, Defoors Mill

Compared to the bulky bath/shower combo that traditional homes typically have, a walk-in shower allows for maximum utilization of a room’s square footage. Whether you choose a completely open space or opt for a frameless glass screen, the room will appear larger and bring in more natural light due to there not being any visual interruptions.

Whether you’re remodeling your home or constructing a new one, a walk-in shower is a feature that should definitely be considered. For more interior design tips or to create a custom house plan with your dream bathroom included, contact the experts at Artlantica today.

Curious Young Military Couple Looking Over Custom Bedroom Design Drawing Photo Combination

Master Bedroom Touches That Anyone Can Do

Your master bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind. It’s one of the few rooms in a house that can be considered a space to get away. Whether you’re building a brand new house or just revamping your current one, these tips and tricks are sure to make you feel right at home in your master.

1. Use cool-toned colors.

One of the keys to creating a tranquil and calm space, is using a neutral and serene color palette. Colors such as grey, blue, green, white, etc. will be pleasing to the eye and create immediate stress relief to your senses. This example shows a deep heather grey used on the walls, while the carpet and ceiling remain a stark white. The clean lines and cool-toned colors create a harmonious and continuous design.

Artlantica, Savoy
Artlantica, Savoy

While grey was used in the example above, many other color combinations can create the same feeling for your master bedroom. Pale blue, natural green or light purple are a few other popular color choices and would all match well with clean white as an accent. The key is to keep the designs simple and the lines clean, which brings us to our next tip.

2. Keep everything simple and clean.

From the furniture and décor to the small details such as door handles and hardware: keep them simple. By doing this, you are creating a room that is stylish, but maintains just enough detail to keep it from being uninteresting. Choosing fixtures that match and keeping lines clean instantly creates a bedroom that is soothing and inviting.

Artlantica, Hennefield
Artlantica, Hennefield

Now, when we say the word “simple,” we don’t mean boring and mundane. In fact, it can mean quite the opposite. Simple just means that clutter is eliminated from the space and that the eye isn’t stuck on one specific part of the room. By designing the bedroom to be coordinated, it automatically becomes more comfortable and will give you the relaxing master that you’re wanting.

3. Give it some character.

It doesn’t matter how large or small your space is, just give it a little touch of personality. It’s easy to have a room with character while maintaining serenity. This can mean adding hardwood floors rather than carpet, adding a unique light fixture or even adding a tray ceiling like the example shown below. The master bedroom pictured would be beautiful regardless, but the vaulted tray ceiling really gives it a special and memorable touch. The added headspace above not only makes the room appear larger, but it accentuates the cool-toned colors and simple furnishings the homeowners chose.

Artlantica, Liberty Ridge
Artlantica, Liberty Ridge

For more tips on designing your master bedroom or find your perfect custom home plans, call the experts and Frank Betz and Associates today.


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