For me, celebrating the New Year has always involved a little reflection on the past as well as a little hope for the future. 2017 has been a full year! We’ve welcomed many new friends through the doors of the Little White House and I’m grateful for each one of you. I’m also thrilled to have realized my long-held vision of building my very own modern farmhouse.
That vision was inspired by my grandparents’ farmhouse in Starbuck, Manitoba. Like traditional farmhouses, their home had a large “summer kitchen” on the main floor where family and friends would gather to share meals and make memories. A small sitting area and my grandparents’ bedroom occupied the second floor. The children (all seven of them) shared two bedrooms in the attic space or third floor, complete with low slanted ceilings, small windows, and a single dormer. My Dad’s family was born and raised in this house and I have many fond memories of times spent there.
The floor plan of my modern farmhouse was influenced in part by these memories. The great hall on the main floor will be the gathering place for our friends and family. We will use the sitting and dining rooms to host more formal get-togethers. Our cozy hearth room will serve as an oasis for my husband and I, for weekend afternoon snoozes, chats about our week, and a little Netflix at the end of the day. The hearth room will also be a perfect indoor play space for our grandchildren.
The two guest rooms and the main bathroom are accessible from a second-floor balcony that overlooks the great hall. Further down the hall, you’ll find a sunny sitting room that serves as the entry to our master suite. Our master takes the simple farmhouse bedroom to another level. After all, when everyone travels home for the holidays we will want a place to call our own!
Our developed lower level represents another departure from the traditional farmhouse style at least in terms of function. We included a fourth bedroom, a bath with steam shower, a media room and a family games room/hangout space.
Our modern-day farmhouse will be filled with laughter and lively conversations among people who truly care for and love each other…that is my hope for 2018!