modern farmhouse inspired colonial

Modern Farmhouse Inspired Home Tour

HOW THE PROJECT BEGAN:  The original home on this property was a 1,740 square foot colonial built in 1900.  Over the years the structure deteriorated and we decided it would be best to start over.  We wanted to build a home that would fit the neighborhood while also having a floor plan that would be conducive to modern living.  Must-haves included a large island, open living spaces that would be great for entertaining, and a killer master suite.


Location: Reading, MA

Type of Home: Modern Farmhouse Inspired Colonial

Year Built: 2018

Square Footage: 2,746 square feet; four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, two car garage

The island was a project in and of itself.  The kitchen was wide enough to fit an extra large island (4’x10′) so we decided to build one that would house the microwave, provide storage, and have plenty of room for seating.  The open cage fixtures and black hardware add a modern design element.  Many people have asked where we got them so we are sharing the Amazon link to them here.

We also wanted to add something in the kitchen that would make it feel like home and this reclaimed spruce countertop and fun hexagon backsplash were exactly what we needed to add the character we were looking for.

We have recently been hearing from clients that they no longer want an island AND a kitchen table AND a dining room table.  In response, we have started removing formal dining rooms from floor plans so that the eating area open to the kitchen is large enough for gatherings.  In this home, the family room is also open living space.

The dining area takes center stage in this open floor plan.

In the family room, we created a focal point by adding some detail to the ceiling with v-groove paneling and crown molding.  We also installed patterned tiles around the fireplace for added interest.

The high ceiling makes the room feel grand, while the details make it feel cozy.

The first floor also features a private office, mudroom, walk-in pantry, half bathroom, and direct access to the two car garage.

The cozy home office offers a view out front.
The first-floor bath features a honed black countertop.
The built-in bench in the mudroom off the garage offers storage for the family.

The master bedroom is a place we aim to add some details to make it feel special.  In this suite, we added a simple recessed ceiling detail with a three-piece crown molding as well as separate his and hers walk-in closets.

Awning windows leave plenty of room for a headboard.

Continuing the modern farmhouse vibe, we really wanted to make a statement in the master bathroom.  When we found these pattern ceramic tiles we knew they would make a perfect centerpiece for this space.

We surrounded them with simple rustic light tiles and added reclaimed spruce shelving (they match the kitchen island!) to warm up the space.  The honed black counters and gray trim bring it all together.

How cute are the double shower doors?
A closer look at the master shower.
The board and batten siding brings out a true farmhouse vibe.

Ready to view a video house tour of this finished project? Check it out BELOW! 👇

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