Today's hot look may be rustic, but these designs aren't likely to be mistaken for set pieces from Witness. Rather, the exteriors lean more chic than shabby, with large windows and plenty of outdoor living spaces. Modern amenities abound inside, from large kitchen islands to spa-like master bathrooms.

Open Workspace Near Mudroom

This modern farmhouse features sleek, barn-inspired styling and an open layout. The kitchen displays a large island and overlooks both the casual dining area and the great room. Lanais on the back and side of the home encourage outdoor living. The master suite invites owners to relax in the spa-like bathroom. Unique features of the home include the organized mudroom, a handy open office area called "the pad,"and built-in benches throughout the home. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Privacy for the Master Suite

Both classic and modern, this farmhouse presents an open layout that's full of amenities. The split-bedroom configuration gives plenty of privacy to the master suite, which opens via French doors to the lanai. Double walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with a large shower complete this private retreat. Across the home, two more bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath. The office provides a bright space for working or hobbies. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Garage with In-Law Suite Upstairs

The apartment above the three-car garage would be perfect temporary quarters during construction of a permanent home. Later it could function as an in-law unit, nanny quarters, college student apartment, and so on. This design features an eat-in kitchen, a spacious family room, a bathroom, and a bedroom with a roomy closet. The laundry appliances are tucked beneath the stairs on the garage level with an optional laundry chute on the living level. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Upscale Master Suite on Main Level

Photo by Associated Designs, Inc.
Photo by Associated Designs, Inc.

How do you put a modern spin on a classic farmhouse? Start with an open layout that incorporates outdoor living, add generous storage spaces, and finish with a flexible loft upstairs. Other up-to-date features include the easy-to-access master suite, where the huge shower offers a great view of the backyard. Smart placement makes the guest suite's bathroom equally useful as a powder bath for general use. The design calls for barn doors that can cover the front window wall. See more images, information, and the floor plan.