Don't let space constrict your dreams of building a modern farmhouse

This cottage-sized modern farmhouse brings Southern comfort to coastal California. Distinguished by its huge windows, sloping eaves, and light-colored side paneling, this simple house has adapted well to city life. Though hemmed in by neighboring properties, this farmhouse allows outside views from almost every angle.
The backyard is a private retreat with a flagstone walkway and an open fire pit nearby. It's completely shielded from the front street and shaded by three large redwoods.
Most modern farmhouses include French doors that open to patios and inner courtyards. These large-paned windows keep with a semi-traditional look. 
The decorative truss creates the impression of a refurbished barn. However, the inside is tastefully designed to be functional yet friendly. The woven floor mat under the dining table helps preserve the wooden flooring.
The kitchen remains traditional but incorporates a new hood and stainless steel ovens. It's the yellow cabinetry and ceiling-mounted pot that say "country kitchen."
The upstairs bedroom has sliding barn-style doors and a vaulted roof. The neutral color scheme and recessed lighting tie the room to the present century.
The limestone fire pit out back is a pleasant place to pass the evening.
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