Custom Farmhouse Style Homes

At SSDB, we have been designing and building custom farmhouse style homes for more than 30 years.

As farmhouse architects, we love the featured materials and spaces of modern farmhouse style homes- neutral color palettes, exposed wood beams, barn doors and details that evoke a comfortable homestead feel. Here are a few favorite project highlights from our SSDB modern farmhouse style homes from over the years:

Farmhouse Architects and Builders

After more than 30 years of building luxury custom homes on Chicago’s North Shore, we believe SSDB offers the right combination of experience, expertise, references and local ties to deliver on your vision of a farmhouse home design. Opting for a united design-build service is a smart way to secure licensed architects, builders, a dedicated project management team with long-standing subcontractors, suppliers, and craftspeople that pay close attention to detail.

Our team maximizes spending power and minimizes obstacles – allowing your family to enjoy the luxury of a collaborative, informed, and inspiring process all along the journey of building your dream home.

Farmhouse Style Homes 101 | Farmhouse Architects

(Source: Architectural Digest)

Often defined as chic, comfy, cozy, or warm, it’s a look that’s been made particularly popular in the last decade or so. And while you might recognize it when you see it, understanding the core design elements and principles can help anyone bring this welcoming and homey style into their space.

Though there can be some fluidity in forms, farmhouse style homes are generally separated into two distinct design aesthetics: traditional farmhouses and modern farmhouses. The classic farmhouse look—also known as a traditional farmhouse—is often defined by a more rustic country style, often making use of vintage furniture or familiar patterns like plaid.

Modern farmhouse style homes, on the other hand, are largely credited to Joanna Gaines and the debut of Fixer Upper in 2013. Her unique style made use of certain traditional farmhouse elements, such as exposed beams or shiplap paneling, but with contemporary upgrades—like modern wood floors or appliances—and a more neutral color palette, with accent colors usually reserved to darker blues or greens.

As these homeowners were constructing their properties, the homes were often made from readily available materials, like wood or stone, and were designed for both comfort and functionality. Often this meant the homes weren’t large—as most users would spend the majority of their time outdoors—but were welcoming after a long day of work.

Like any interior design aesthetic, there’s no one way to do farmhouse style. However, when it comes to farmhouse style, many homes make use of some combination of the following elements:

  • Exposed wood beams
  • A neutral color palette
  • Plants and greenery as accents
  • Vintage or antique accent pieces
  • Shiplap paneling
  • Large, comfortable furniture
  • Barn doors
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Open shelving
  • Ample cabinetry

Farmhouse style homes are still overwhelmingly popular; in fact, it was one of the most searched decor styles in 2022.

Our North Shore architects and builders specialize in new home construction, historic renovations, and eco-conscious green building projects. We would be happy to take you on a tour through some of our farmhouse style homes in the North Shore suburbs. Please contact us, and we’ll get something on the schedule.


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