6 inspirational modern rural homes

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When we think of rural homes we often picture cosy, homely, and timeworn spaces. Houses that baulk modernity and sophistication in favour of a more comfortable and liveable aesthetic. Country style has long been associated with raw timber, exposed brick, and a sense of practical timelessness, with fashion and minimalism an undesired attribute. These days however, we are seeing architects and designers connecting the two channels of thought. We are seeing homes that create a cohesion between modernity and rustic charm, and create a country space that embraces style and sophistication, while still retaining its rural and bucolic character. 

Today on homify we are taking a look at some of these stylish countryside homes. Dwellings that infuse their history with a sense of contemporary design and planning. And in doing so, build domestic spaces that embrace 'the here and now', while evoking a rich atmosphere of heritage and tradition. For some encouragement and innovative ideas, check out the following examples and be inspired by the juxtaposition of styles and eras.

A juxtaposition of styles

Living Room: mediterranean Living room by TG Studio
TG Studio

Living Room

TG Studio

A seamless contrast of differing styles, this home from TG Studio is a brilliant example of how to design the modern farmhouse. Large structural beams have been retained, while the colour scheme is light and bright. Two L-shaped sofas form the living space, and the neutral hue gives a sense of modernity and sophistication. Other timber elements have been employed in this large 4 metre high room, such as a large organic timber dining table, and medium timber doors. The resulting space is truly unique, and transforms a striking room into a truly opulent experience. 

Regal ranch style

This Texan ranch is a brilliant example of a newly constructed property that utilises different architectural techniques to create a space that looks aged and full of history. Inspired by fort style buildings of the 1880's, this home is modern, luxurious, yet nonchalant in its sophistication. The exposed brick wall injects a sense of timelessness and imparts a warmth within the space, which is expertly contrasted against the dark matte flooring. Furniture is comfortable and simple, with timber and leather being used to create a sense of heritage. 

Cosy and contemporary

Maer Barn, Bude, Cornwall: modern Living room by The Bazeley Partnership
The Bazeley Partnership

Maer Barn, Bude, Cornwall

The Bazeley Partnership

This barn conversion utilises the existing timber beam ceiling to impart a feeling of heritage and history. A stone walll works as a feature within the space, and a new contemporary fireplace with mounted television brings a modernity and lavishness. The living area is comfortable and warm, with a sense of luxury heightened by the three sumptuous velvet sofas surrounding the space. 

A 70s space re-imagined

In order to preserve the listed barn that sits adjacent to this home, the architects and owners decided to convert the 1970's asbestos-ridden structure into a light, bright, and warm residence. Here we see the two buildings connected, with the newly renovated farmhouse utilising abundant glazing, and double height spaces. The garden is sympathetic to the original design, but also evokes a sense of modern living and chic style. 

Maximising natural light

Glazed link to outhouse in Dulwich: country Kitchen by Circumflex Chartered Architects
Circumflex Chartered Architects

Glazed link to outhouse in Dulwich

Circumflex Chartered Architects

Throughout historic country homes, windows tend to be small, and due to this, areas can feel cramped, cloistered and dark. In this kitchen space, the architects have updated the home to include an atrium style ceiling, and large sliding doors, which open up the area, and impart a connection with the exterior garden space. 

Making the most of large spaces

Photography - barn conversion in Sawbridgeworth: modern Media room by Adelina Iliev Photography
Adelina Iliev Photography

Photography—barn conversion in Sawbridgeworth

Adelina Iliev Photography

Making farm and rural residences these day's are barn conversions. This conversion is a great example of how to create a modern home, without sacrificing the heritage elements of the original structure. Instead of changing the interior to look sleek and contemporary, the original beams have been retained to give a sense of timelessness and time-worn charm. The result is a charismatic space that utilises its huge space to allow a mezzanine level that adds precious living space. 

If you liked those homes, check out some more here: 10 traditional living room furniture ideas

Do you like the way these rural homes blend modernity with history? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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