Informal and inviting, the Farmhouse style is based on practical, functional homes and the ideas incorporated into them by the original American homesteaders.
The design details vary regionally in North America, but the Midwestern genre tended to be relatively large to accommodate the large family necessary for the success of a larger mid-western farm, compared to those of New England. Many were further expanded with a lean-to-like addition at the rear of the house, and this feature became associated with the Farmhouse style. The more decorated versions of Farmhouses included gabled roofs, large porches and/or wrap-around verandas.
The homes were usually designed with large, eat-in kitchens, so necessary for the working family. This is still a feature many Farmhouse-style homes retain, making the Farmhouse style exceptionally family-friendly, as you’d expect.