A white clapboard farmhouse with a stunning modern twist in Virginia


Wiedemann Architects has designed this modern farmhouse retreat that is part of a co-housing community in rural Virginia and is positioned on a steeply sloping site with distant mountain vistas. The community is called Catoctin Creek Village and is made up of 18 single-family homes nestled in 164 acres of rolling hills and the nearby Potomac River.

The house is a modern interpretation of the traditional white clapboard farmhouse and red barn that populate the neighboring countryside. The use of white clapboard siding, standing seam metal roof, and metal siding on the house and the board and batten red siding on the outbuilding share a common language with the rural context.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Wiedemann Architects CONTRACTOR H. Gray Builders, Inc.


The narrowness of the plan affords cross ventilation, supplemented by a ventilation system built into the cupola, while its super-insulated building enclosure and geothermal system provide a highly energy-efficient residence.


A large screen porch on the gable end provides an outdoor room that has unobstructed views of the mountains beyond.


What We Love: This modern farmhouse in Virginia offers a wonderful open floor plan that is perfect for a retired person who wishes to age in place. The surrounding outdoor setting is very tranquil and is beautifully framed throughout the home. We are especially loving the screened porch, which allows the owner to enjoy the feeling of the great outdoors while being protected from the elements.

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this home do you find most appealing? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Virginia: Modernized historic farmhouse in Virginia: Snowy Owl Farm and Gorgeous Virginia lake house gets reimagined with industrial-modern vibe.


Above: The garage is clad in red board and batten, which evokes old barns. 


The homeowner is retired and wished to live entirely on one level. The architect devised the main floor to encompass an open layout kitchen, dining, and living area, along with the owner’s bedroom suite and a large screened porch.


On the interior, careful design of the millwork affords specialized storage and multi-functional use of the space.


Above: Walls of glazing help to blur the boundaries between indoors and out. On either side of the mahogany-wrapped fireplace is the Ultimate Swinging French door by Marvin. The doors connect the living room to the screened porch.


Above: The windows in the kitchen and dining areas are the Marvin Casement Venting units in custom-sized widths. The kitchen is devoid of upper cabinets so that the homeowners can enjoy sweeping views of the countryside.






Above: The homeowner spends a lot of time on the screened porch, which provides breathtaking views of the meadow and the mountains. It is also conveniently accessed from the living and kitchen areas.


Above: The windows throughout this home are from Marvin Windows and Doors.



Above: The ground level of the home is outfitted with two guest bedrooms to host the owners’ visiting children. There is also a single-bedroom apartment. This space can be used as a rental or additional space for guests. Long term, it can be used by a live-in caretaker. Perfect for aging in place!



Above: A foundation of locally sourced stone is similar to old Virginia farmhouses.


PHOTOGRAPHER Hoachlander Davis Photography

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3 months ago

this house is a travesty