Before & After: See a jaw-dropping farmhouse transformation
Architect Jill Porter completely transformed this colonial 80’s home in Verbank, New York, into a modern farmhouse.
Seeking a country getaway from NYC, the owners were drawn to this rural property as it has beautiful acreage, a pond, and privacy. The house, however, was in dire need of work. Not only was it dowdy and dated, but the home’s interior layout left the kitchen and dining room divorced from the beautiful grounds.
The owners asked Jill Porter to help them transform their dated home into a modern farmhouse, including an exterior makeover with a modern farmhouse feel, and a new interior imbued with sunlight and design-rich finishes: bold and elegant materials, colours, and patterns.
Mindful of the overall budget, any changes needed to be surgical, as the owners didn’t want to enlarge or alter the existing footprint of the house.
It’s a dramatic transformation – without impacting the existing footprint of the house.
FRONT EXTERIOR – BEFORE
Jill porter first considered the proportions and volumes of the front elevation, as the front entry was dwarfed by the long roof. To this end, they broke up the existing roof line with an a new entry porch and gable roof.
FRONT EXTERIOR – AFTER
Although the change was limited to the entry, the new entry proportions changed the complexion of the whole front facade. New board and batten siding, black windows, and vintage lights provided the finishing touches, giving the home a crisp, modern farmhouse feel.
REAR EXTERIOR – BEFORE
The back side of the house was nothing short of awful, due mostly to an ill-conceived addition. Oversized dormers sat on top of a screened-in porch, unusable due to it’s long, skinny proportions. The kitchen had no access to the exterior, nor broad views of the beautiful grounds. And the closest bathroom to the pool and patio required a walk through the screened-in porch, family room, and kitchen — a long trip for wet feet!
REAR EXTERIOR – AFTER
Changes to the back facade went hand-in-hand with the changes to the interior layout. The interior spaces were shifted and reconfigured, allowing space for a new mudroom / boot room, as well as a new bathroom with access to the outdoor patio and pool.
And what was the porch is now an open-plan family room with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, connecting the interior space with the gorgeous grounds.
The landscaped garden and outdoor kitchen got a fresh facelift too.
Each space has it’s own feel, and the patterned floor tiles in the boot room conceal the mess inevitably left by a family with kids and pets.