We’ve all at one time or another wondered what life would be like living out in the country, and giving up the conveniences and social obligations of city life. Here at Anderson and Rodgers we see more customers these days giving up their suburban homes and urban jobs for a new life far outside the city. Fueled by the romantic concept of retiring early to set up an antique store, open a B&B, or the seductive transformations and rustic remodels we see on reality home improvement shows, many of our clients have already found a special piece of property in the country, complete with a house that looks adorable from about 100 yards away. But once you get close, it fails to deliver in the charm department and is missing the essential conveniences of even the most basic contemporary family home in the suburbs.
If you already have your piece of American heritage and are trying to figure out what to do next, stay tuned. But, if you’re only just contemplating life in the country, we’d like to share what we’ve learned from our experience remodeling and improving country homes for clients that help make the transition to country life more than they could have ever imagined.
Whether or not you’ve lived the dream of suburban life, with your friendly neighborhood homeowner’s association architectural review board, nosey neighbors, and idle teens with too much time on their hands doing everything in their power to make sure you haven’t forgotten about them, consider the fundamental changes you will experience moving out into the country. Neighbors might be so far away that you have to drive your car just to pay them a visit, or maybe you could ride your horse, if that suits you.
Consider the design and style advantages of living in a country home that could be more than 100 years old. Do you have a family heirloom collecting dust in the basement that you could never figure out how to showcase in your contemporary tract home? It would probably look right at home in just about any location in a farm house. Consider also the current craze in home decor for things like sliding barn doors and farmhouse sinks. Do you know anyone who has added these features to their new home in the city and wishes they hadn’t? A rustic country home might be the only place you can mix country, antique, modern and contemporary furnishing and finishes. Well lived-in country homes serve many purposes, and it is not uncommon or unexpected to see a mixture of rustic, contemporary and even industrial design in a single residence.
More and more people are starting to consider the part they can play in preserving our cultural history by restoring older homes that might otherwise be left unoccupied and eventually torn down. We often find evidence in the structure of older farm houses that surprise and delight the new owner. These buildings were often designed and built by very skilled craftsmen using techniques long since forgotten, and abandoned by modern contractors. Over time, features like fireplaces and wrap-around porches might have been removed or replaced, creating an opportunity for the new owner to honor the original architecture and restore these features.
It was often the case that century-old farm houses were originally built without electricity or running water inside. Kitchens and bathrooms might have been built as additions, or placed in rooms that were originally designed as bedrooms or porches. The most common requests for homeowners looking to add value and convenience in their country home renovations are spacious modern kitchens and bathrooms. We are locally owned, with years of experience in rustic home remodeling, kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, and we can work within the existing space or extend your home to add the new space you are looking for. Contact us and we’ll help you get started with your dream farm house or country home. We have offices in Nicholasville and Lexington, KY and proudly serve Nicholasville, Lexington, Versailles, Georgetown, Richmond and Winchester.