While I tend to think I like a more industrial rustic urban home, there’s something to be said for the days of old, the days of the farmhouse and the red barn. And that’s what leads us to Dash Landing Farmhouse.
The home was designed for a couple of empty nesters and their dog—and perhaps three cats?—on a field outside Portland, Maine. On that idyllic plot of land they created a modestly-sized—2500 square foot—modern farmhouse inspired by New England vernacular architecture.
A site-specific design solution settled the farmhouse in an elevated northeast corner of the field, with sweeping views of the property and the coast beyond; the driveway was purposefully set in the adjoining woods to keep the fields undisturbed. , allows the field to remain largely undisturbed.
There are three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, gracious kitchen and dining rooms, porches, screened and unscreened, as well as an office and a cozy reading nook. There is also separate car barn.
The homeowner’s wanted a mainly single-level living environment, and those first-floor spaces were arranged to take advantage of the solar exposure offered by the field and the home’s positioning on the site; overhangs on the south-facing front porch provide shade in the summer but don’t block solar gain during the winter.
Double-doors connect a small office and the master bedroom suite to the screened, while the less commonly occupied guest bedrooms and reading nook are located on the second-floor.
An open breezeway connects the barn to the house, shielding the homeowners from the elements. Of specific need to the homeowners was a dog-washing station in the mudroom.
I love the space, the character, the quiet views of the field, that reading nook, perfect for a book and wine, as well as the outside, with the fields and woods and the firepit for cold nights.
I ain’t no farmer, but I could play the part in this house.