Valley View Farmhouse, A "Farmhouse Classic"

Valley View Farmhouse

he early nineteenth century Southern Piedmont farmhouse has unmistakable period detailing and materials so prevalent through the old South.  Often borrowing details from the Georgian, Greek Revival and Victorian periods, these historic houses are a study in simplistic charm and elegance. Typically they were two-story gabled structures flanked by tall chimneys and fronted by a practical, spacious, covered porch with classical, square columns, beaded ceiling and square picket rails.  Building materials usually consisted of native fieldstone or brick for the chimneys and foundations, trim moldings carved in high relief, slate or standing-seam tin roofs. 


Our Valley View Farmhouse borrows many of these common characteristics and blends them into a home plan for contemporary living that will fit particularly well in a rural setting.  While fitting the visual description of a Virginia Highlands farmhouse of the nineteenth century, our house offers some surprisingly current design features for casual living.

As with many Piedmont farmhouses, a central stair provides functionality and lends definition to all major spaces that revolve around it. The front door opens off the long, covered porch and leads into a spacious foyer.  Immediately to the left the master suite with its own fireplace and private patio in the back are secluded yet conveniently located for easy access to the rest of the house.


To the right, a cozy dining area with fireplace is just off an open kitchen which overlooks a large great room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling and has direct access to the terrace, autumn porch and laundry room with its own entrance.  A generous bank of windows and sliding doors in the great room offer views to three sides and open to a stone terrace.  Together the dining room, terrace and screened porch offer three possibilities for eating and entertaining depending upon the weather.


A two car garage is just off the kitchen for easy unloading of groceries and access in inclement weather.

Upstairs, the winding stair looks over the great room and empties onto an open landing with spacious loft area suitable for an office, library or play area.  Two bedrooms with ample closets share a central bath.


This 2,538 square foot home provides a surprising amount of efficient, sunny space in what appears at first glance to be a small farmhouse.



Valley View Farmhouse
Come home to Valley View!

Our Valley View Farmhouse Alternate plan has the same appeal as the original with some changes that make it even more functional with more, re-designed space. For starters, we enlarged many areas to accommodate a larger family and improved other areas with a different arrangement of spaces.


The fireplace in the master bedroom was removed for those who feel they would not use it. The master bath was enlarged toward the front of the house allowing for more closet space and a larger walk-in shower.


The dining room and kitchen were enlarged with a central island and more counter surface. The adjacent laundry was improved and a door leading to the enlarged screened porch was added.


All in all, a very workable floor plan that takes our original plan up a notch!

We've made big improvements to the second floor too. The biggest improvement was the addition of a fourth bedroom and private bath. We re-configured the bath between bedroom 2 and 3 to allow for a second door connecting to bedroom 3.


The second floor can now house three of more comfortably with no loss of space.

The Valley View Farmhouse "alternate" plan  has a partial, walk-out basement which can be modified to suit your needs or even eliminated if desired. It is ideal for more storage, play area, work room, exercise space, media room, or spare bedroom and bath.

Valley View Alternate 2
Valley View Alternate 2
Valley View Alternate 2
Exterior framing nearly complete
Interior framing with view through great room
Stair framing at foyer
Basement framing in progress
Exterior sheathing in progress

Southern Living Magazine's November 2013 Plan of The Month

Plan Details

3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths

2, 538 sf

3 Fireplaces

Vaulted great room

Autumn porch with fireplace


Overall Dimensions

73'-6"W X 50'-6"D


  • Note:  This house is adaptable for a lower level walk-out!




Ground Floor


Great Room 15'-6"x22'

Dining 13'x13'

Kitchen 11'x12'

Master Suite 15'x18' Garage 22'-6"x23'-6"






























Second Floor


Loft 13'-6"x15'

Bedroom #2 15'x14'

Bedroom #3 11'-8"x15'








































Valley View Alternate
































3,018 Square Feet


Overall: 79'-8"W x 60'-1"D


Main Floor


Master 15'x18'-4"

Great Room 15'-6"x21'-3"

Kitchen 18'x14'-6"

Dining 14'-6"x12'

Garage 22'x24'-6"


Note: This plan is has a basement walk-out!

























Second Floor


Bedroom #2 15'-4"x14'

Bedroom #3 15'-4"x14'

Bedroom #4 14'x16'





Southern Living Magazine's Plan of The Month, October, 2014

All CAD drawing set
































Valley View Alternate 2

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