Our current project, an American Farmhouse style home in Lake Bluff is well underway. The roof is on (always a great feeling when a home stays dry), windows are installed, and the siding installation is underway. Inside, plumbing, heating, and electrical lines are being installed before we insulate and start putting up drywall!
Located just a couple blocks from Lake Michigan, this 2600+ square foot home features an open layout based on the American Farmhouse style.
Classic American Farmhouse architecture is simple and not overly formal or ornate. The farmhouses of years ago were built with locally available materials. Functionality for the family is of most importance. Interiors would have a couple, more formal front rooms for entertaining or dining with guests. However, in keeping with farmhouse style, even these formal rooms were relatively simple, lacking the complex moldings and paneling of the formal rooms of homes in other architectural styles. The family’s everyday living was towards the rear of the home and on the second floor. Farmhouse exteriors are usually simple, historically having clapboard siding. And, of course, they almost always have large front porches, just like you would expect on a farm.
Even though Lake Bluff nowadays is more neighborhood than farm, this style house fits the architecture and feel of its neighborhood perfectly.
It boasts a front porch that runs the full width of front of the home, an inviting front entry, a library/den, large dining room, a see through fireplace between the dining room and den, open kitchen with white painted Crystal cabinets with beaded inset doors & large island, large family room with wood burning fireplace, and mudroom with rear porch. The second floor has four bedrooms, including a full master suite with trey ceiling, and a second floor laundry. Other great features of this home are oak floors, a custom staircase with box newels, a 9’ deep full basement for room to grow, spray foam insulation for energy efficiency, and maintenance free James Hardie exterior.
Check out the photos of our work so far and check back regularly as we progress towards completion!