A recent client said farmhouse was his family's style. He was very clear. Farmhouses were it and everything else was out.
Yet something was wrong when we started looking at homes. Nothing seemed to be quite what he wanted. Farmhouse after farmhouse went by, and nothing struck him.
Then we showed him a house that might best be described as French/contemporary. More along the lines of the picture below.
"Yes! This is exactly what I meant! A farmhouse!"
And I learned something important.
What clients say and what I think that means aren't always the same thing.
In this case, a farmhouse was some vision he had of a country home with contemporary style and few accents that gave it a French feel.
So just in the interest of better communication, here's what I think of when the following styles are named.
Arts and Crafts. Craftsman.
Gothic. Gothic Revival.
This was the home of the future in the fifties and sixties. It was bright, open and generally low to the ground. After years of languishing, it's a style that's cool again.
This may be the toughest style of all to pin down. Contemporary means those angular wooden homes built in the 80s and 90s. But it means the glass-walled open concept homes, the steel and glass industrial style homes, just about anything you can imagine that's being designed now.
There are many more, and many variations on the basic themes.
I suspect this will not be the last time I get tripped up by a label.
Perhaps all my client really meant is he wanted a house on property he could farm.