The whole point of living in a farmhouse is to get closer to living a humble life. Indeed, it’s all about enjoying the beauty in the simplicity of life. With that being said, there are always ways to improve things in your home and get you closer to that goal.
With that in mind, we’ll be taking a look at a few unique farmhouse renovations and maintenance techniques from across the world in the hope of inspiring you to make changes of your own. Read on to know more about our picks for the best farmhouse renovation and maintenance methods from different countries!
Given their attunement to nature, it’s not surprising that more and more farmhouses are adopting the trend of sustainability. An 18th-century farmhouse in Scotland has taken the traditional structure and combined it with modern-day ingenuity.
The home dubbed as Ruin Studio was designed by Nathanael Dorent Architecture, Lily Jencks Studio, and Nous Engineering – it is a magnificent piece of architecture. And while its design is indeed impressive, the main feature of this house is the solar panels that act as the farmhouse’s main source of energy.
The house’s interior walls are also made of recycled material, making it even more eco-friendly. You won’t have to go all out with your renovation project, but it would do the planet a whole lot of good if you consider installing a couple of solar panels to lessen your carbon footprint and do your part in saving our earth.
Restore Rather Than Build
While it’s perfectly acceptable to overhaul an entire structure, there are some perks to living in a home with history. In fact, the BBC had an entire television show dedicated to home restorations, where a number of which were disheveled farmhouses in the English countryside. Indeed, while the restoration is a lot of work, the rewards are just as plentiful.
There’s a unique feeling of accomplishment when you are able to restore a place to its former glory, as you can help preserve a piece of history for the world to see.
Considering the amount of work (and money) one has to put into restoring a farmhouse, it would make sense to take all the necessary precautions. And as we’ve already mentioned in our article on the Pros and Cons of Farmhouse Sinks, farmhouse plumbing can be quite problematic. This will be doubly true for older properties. Luckily, there are things you can do to cover your bases.
HomeServe’s list of the coverage UK homeowners should consider for their plumbing and drainage includes everything from the water supply line to the heating system, in order to protect against unforeseen damages and repairs that come with renovations.
This insurance should be applied no matter which country you are in. Doing so will help you save a lot of money down the line and protect your farmhouse. Remember that all it takes is one burst pipe to ruin flooring that has been there for years, so invest in coverage and maintenance to ensure the longevity of your farmhouse.
Now, if you’re looking to have the best of both worlds, then a modern farmhouse might be what you need.
The Pedevilla house in Italy takes local tradition and fuses it with modern architectural design. This modern farmhouse takes inspiration from the local farmhouses of the region of South Tyrol, which are unique because the stables, living quarters and the grain silo are all part of the house.
You can do something like this and strike the balance between traditional and modern, renovated to suit your specific taste. Remember that at the end of the day the choice is up to you, as it is your home and no one else’s.