An open front porch runs the length of this modern farmhouse, offering sweeping views of the rural countryside and distant hills. The 12-acre property includes an existing contemporary structure that now serves as a pool house, connected to the main house by a 40-foot underground tunnel. Throughout the house, modern and traditional furnishings and details blend to create a space that's both contemporary and timeless.
Horizontal fencing is a “must” for a contemporary, modern or mid-century modern home because it complements these architectural styles, says Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design, based in Atlanta. Vertical fencing is always in visual conflict with these styles, she says.
A rustic tongue-and-groove pine door, accented with black steel strips, is a preview of the materials used throughout this modern mountain house. Slate tile runs from the front porch through the foyer and onto the back patio, creating the feeling of one large, indoor-outdoor room.
Homeowners wanted a modern redesign to their home's exterior, so designers kept the long front porch that meets the neighbors, but punctuated it with modern, vertical windows that penetrate the painted brick section of the home's front facade. Then, they added cedar siding to warm up the exterior space. Finally, a navy blue door adds a splash of color to the design of the home's front elevation.
Board and batten paneling gets a modern update with a coat of blue paint. Black rockers lined up on the front porch give off a classic Southern vibe. The whitewashed stone fireplace creates a cozy outdoor sitting area next to the grilling station.