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F ARMHOUSES in early American history
tended to be sturdy and simple, reflecting
settlers’ need for a practical home. The
Fisher’s homestead is defined more by clean
lines, neutral tones and comfy yet sophisticated furnishings
Like Dave and Heather, architect Cory Thompson grew up
in a rural area.
“I definitely pulled from my background with the design;
I grew up on a 500-acre farm near Charlotte,” says Thompson,
owner and residential designer of Thompson Design Build.
“The wrap-around porch is signature of a country farmhouse.
The low-slope roof on the porch combined with the steeper
pitch on the main house create that farmhouse vernacular.”
Black framed windows and glass doors bring in modern
touches and natural light.
Incorporating old architecture is key to achieving a farm-house
interior. During construction, Heather and Dave took
a trip to Dave’s family farm in Pennsylvania and discovered a
“We went all through my parents’ barn, this gorgeous old
pole barn built in 1865, we found all this American chestnut
wood just sitting up in the rafters,” Dave says.
“You can’t find American chestnut anymore because there
was a blight that killed everything,” says Heather. “I literally
stalked the barn for a long while. I would say, ‘Dave, we need
this, and this.’”
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