Creating a Functional Farmhouse

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By Christina Davenport / Photography by Philip Slowiak

Nestled on 45 wooded acres, this stunning and spacious farmhouse aims to marry beauty and function. Built by Rob Cuthbertson of Cuthbertson Homes, expertly selected materials and antique items make this house feel as if it has been lived in for years, while quality construction means nothing is sacrificed.

“The homeowners are very outdoorsy people,” explains Cuthbertson. “They also loved the privacy and seclusion this property offered, so this build was about how to maximize those aspects that were really important and integrate them in a manner that seemed natural and conducive to their lifestyle.”

Builder: Cuthbertson Homes
Architect: RLE Designs, LLC
Interior design: Combs and Waddles

Leveraging The Lot

The first order of business in transforming the acreage into a welcoming home was to develop the lot. “One of the biggest challenges with this home was optimizing this raw piece of land. We had to bring in all the utilities and orient the home appropriately for the terrain, which took some time,” says Cuthbertson. “There is a view, and it took quite a bit of planning and site work to be able to capture that in the way the homeowners wanted to.”

Once those details were finalized, Cuthbertson’s team got to work constructing this quintessential farmhouse and corresponding father-in-law suite, which is separated from the home by a poolside terrace.

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Inside the home, elements harkening back to the farmhouse style begin to emerge. Plenty of windows and doors make getting a glimpse at the scenery just outside effortless, and their textbook black color allows them to pop against the creamy white walls. More creams, beiges, and browns can be found in the area rug and living room seating. Here, a plush tufted sofa is paired with a wingback chair and two leather armchairs, and the entire vignette has been delicately placed in front of a precast fireplace. A large fiddle leaf fig tree stretches toward the ceiling and introduces a bit of greenery to the room while also complementing a beautiful hand-hewn beam that provides separation between the living room and kitchen.

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Heading back toward the home’s entry takes visitors past a formal dining space, where a large wooden table with rounded edges accommodates eight. Candles run down the length of the table and provide repetition with the candle-style brushed brass chandelier overhead. A stately hutch displays a lineup of beautiful china, and this more traditional element pairs well with two distressed panels and armchairs to either side. This entire arrangement is situated in front of a large window that looks out over the front lawn, thus providing a sense of serenity while dining with family and friends.

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“This kitchen provides both ample storage and function through the use of many large, deep drawers, a larder for food and appliance storage, and a thoughtfully placed side-facing spice cabinet. The homeowner also incorporated her own style through the lighting selections, making this a unique but beautifully functional kitchen.” – Kris Keith, Classic Cabinetry

Passing through a butler’s pantry grants access to the kitchen. Four tufted wingback barstools are nestled under an oversized island topped with soft quartz countertops. The dark color of the furniture-style island creates contrast with the light perimeter cabinetry and range hood. Glossy hand-cut subway tiles comprise the backsplash and support the kitchen’s second pot filler faucet, and two antique sconces that flank the range go a long way in creating an ambiance of warmth.

Appliances: Ferguson

Cabinetry: Classic Cabinetry

Counters: Granite Warehouse

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“This bathroom is a simple, yet chic retreat. Various neutral shades of white and gray keep the space warm and simple, but elegant mirrors and sconces add an element of sophistication.”
– Kris Keith, Classic Cabinetry

An alcove off the kitchen leads to the master suite, where tranquility is in full force. A grand caged pendant hangs from the vaulted nickel gap ceiling and commands attention, while the rest of the bedroom’s textiles recede into the background. A trio of windows again celebrates the natural world, and two windows on perpendicular walls near the bathtub repeat the sentiment.

Quartz countertops run just beneath two black-framed scalloped mirrors, and the herringbone floors boast similar veining. A footless soaking tub with side-mounted faucet is a soothing addition and offers up an unadulterated space to bring life’s chaos to a halt. Mixed metals transpire with the nickel plumbing fixtures and brushed brass hardware, both of which remain soft not showy.


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Just off of the kitchen is a more informal dining space that comes with easy access to the pool area just outside. A long wooden table accommodates both metal and fabric chairs, some of which have a distressed characteristic. This, when coupled with antiques such as the ornate oval mirror hanging on the far wall, do wonders in achieving the goal the homeowners had for making the home look lived in.

“One of my favorite elements of the home is the wide-plank white oak flooring,” says Cuthbertson. “The planks give character to the space and go along with the style quite nicely. They also really work with the hand-hewn beam that separates the living space and kitchen.”

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Outside, a rectangular pool with a sun deck provides the perfect place to cool off, and a nearby pergola houses additional seating.

“Another thing I really like about this home is the stonework on the father-in-law suite,” explains Cuthbertson. “Some people think that stone doesn’t work in a farmhouse design, but there is a natural way to incorporate it. It’s all about picking the right materials.”

With several chickens, cows, and goats already on the property, this residence is primed to transform into a working farm that captures the serenity of the surrounding land and effortlessly incorporates it into everyday life.


Other suppliers: Custom painting: Elegant Painting | Exterior hardscapes and landscapes: Parrish Outdoors | Fireplace: Aztec Stone Empire | Floors: Complete Flooring Service | Interior doors and trim: JB Millworks | Pergola: GehrkeBuilt | Plumbing fixtures: Noland | Pool: JNS Pool Solutions | Stone and tile: Acme Brick, Tile & Stone | Windows: 84 Lumber Company

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