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Modern farmhouse” is part of today’s design lexicon. Designers and builders describe the concept as being as much a feeling as a style.

Built by Kugler Construction, this modern Iowa farmhouse respects its history and interprets the style with fresh, family-friendly appeal — and a hint of urban sophistication.

The four-bedroom home has 2,085 square feet on the main level and 1,500 square feet on the lower level.

Throughout much of the main level, luxury vinyl floors have the look and texture of hardwood. The neutral color scheme — primarily white and shades of gray — easily takes on a wide range of accent colors. Galvanized metal railings provide a barrier between the living room and stairs going down to the lower level.

The living room fireplace is inviting and brings a pleasing symmetry to the cozy, comfortably furnished space. “The homeowners asked us to incorporate wood from an uncle’s old barn that was taken down in a tornado. It was interesting to figure out how to use it in the house,” says Bill Kugler Jr.

Ultimately the heritage wood was repurposed for cross hatching on the kitchen island, great room fireplace wall and for a barn door in the lower level.

The farmhouse vernacular is most evident in the casually elegant and comfortable kitchen. What is particularly striking is the rustic touch of distressed butcher block as island countertop, a contrast to the contemporary-style, custom-painted maple cabinetry. Modern hardware and quartz countertops complete the look.

A clawfoot tub and chandelier are charming, romantic touches in the master bath. The compact space features a double vanity with lots of storage. In the shower, an insert of decorative octagonal tiles echoes vintage style. 

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