Why Modular Farmhouse-Style Floor Plans Are More Popular Than Ever

Farmhouse-style floor plans are nothing new. These designs originated in Europe in the 17th century before arriving in the United States during the colonial period. However, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that these layouts truly took off amongst homeowners living beyond farms and became a cultural phenomenon.

In addition to their charm and aesthetic appeal, farmhouse-style plans have some exceptional advantages, especially when it comes to modular layouts. But before going in-depth on why these designs have become so popular for prospective modular home buyers, it is useful to understand the history of this timeless design.


The farmhouse-style was originally invented out of necessity, rather than for aesthetics. Farmers in the countryside needed shelter, and often had limited access to building materials. Therefore, they built farmhouses from readily available, such as native wood and stone, and created spacious, open layouts to accommodate their large families. Since the original farmhouse owners were actual farmers who spent their days outside working in the fields and taking care of livestock, the interiors were usually simple and practical.


Today’s modular farmhouse floor plans successfully meld traditional style with modern elements that 21st-century families love. Simply put, the same elements that made farmhouse-style practical and enjoyable for the early homesteaders are what make modular farmhouse floor plans so beloved today. Today’s modular farmhouse floor plans come in a variety of sizes and one- or two-story configurations.

The characteristics of farmhouse-style homes and floor plans usually include:

  • Simple lines
  • Open, spacious kitchens
  • Gabled roofs
  • Practical materials
  • Horizontal or board and batten siding
  • Large windows and light-filled rooms
  • Bedrooms clustered together on the upper level

Spacious kitchens are a defining characteristic of farmhouse floor plans and afford modern families – regardless of the size – a convenient place to prepare meals and a communal center to serve as the heart and hub of the home. These open kitchens can also provide exceptional entertainment spaces, abundant storage, and islands that make food preparation speedier and easier.

Historically, agrarian families depended on a farmhouse home’s large windows to keep watch over their land. While most modern families won’t have to oversee crops, expansive windows fill the rooms with natural light and provide homeowners unobstructed views of well-tended yards. 


Rochester Homes modular floor plans offer a wide variety of customization features whether you choose a farmhouse-style or any other of our popular designs. Our family-owned and -operated company has been dedicated to building exceptional modular homes for more than 50 years.

Some of our many customization features include:

  • Showers and tubs
  • Faucets
  • Sinks
  • Specialty cabinets
  • Fireplaces
  • Exterior door styles and colors
  • Structural additions
  • Interior trims and accents
  • Exterior trims and shutters
  • and many more!