Discover the Allure and Practicality of Today’s Trendiest Architectural Style

Look around, and it’s abundantly clear that the Modern Farmhouse architectural style has fully captured the hearts and minds of homeowners, architects, and designers alike. An exciting mash-up of traditional warmth and contemporary charm, the Modern Farmhouse style has quickly become a hallmark of modern living. 

To get you up to speed on this flourishing architectural style, let’s delve into its origins, popularity, and the pros and cons of the Modern Farmhouse aesthetic.

Origin and Evolution: The Modern Farmhouse style draws inspiration from yesteryear’s classic American farmhouses, which are well known for their rustic simplicity and functionality. Rooted in rural America, these structures embodied practicality and comfort. 

Today, the Modern Farmhouse style takes these valued elements and infuses them with sleek, updated designs and functions. While maintaining its warm and rustic appeal, the style blends modern materials, open layouts, and a crisp and contemporary aesthetic.

Popularity on the Rise: In recent years, the Modern Farmhouse style has surged in popularity for several reasons:

  • Timeless Elegance: Its enduring aesthetic appeals to those who seek a balance between the traditional and modern, creating spaces that feel welcoming and homey yet fresh and innovative.
  • Functional Design: The open floor plans, ample storage, and versatility of the living spaces make it ideal for modern family living.
  • Natural Elements: The use of natural materials, like white painted wood (natural or synthetic), brick, and stone, creates a connection to nature and an inviting atmosphere

Pros and Cons


  • Functional Living: The Modern Farmhouse style prioritizes functionality that meets the needs of contemporary families.
  • Comfortable Ambiance: The cozy and welcoming interior design evokes a sense of comfort and nostalgia.
  • Energy-Efficiency: The integration of modern technologies ensures energy-efficient and sustainable homes.


  • Cost: High-quality materials and craftsmanship can make Modern Farmhouse builds more expensive.
  • Upkeep: The aesthetic often features white or light-colored exteriors that may require more maintenance to keep them looking pristine.

The Modern Farmhouse architectural style successfully blends old-world charm with modern-day functionality. While it has a few potential drawbacks, its ability to create beautiful, comfortable homes remains undeniable, and its popularity continues to grow.

Stay tuned for more insights into architectural styles and home design trends in our upcoming newsletters. 

Current Projects

New transitional style home that embraces a timeless aesthetic

Our Latest Project: A New Transitional Style Home in Pacific Palisades

RLB Architecture recently completed a 7639-square-foot single-family home on a 9000-square-foot lot in Pacific Palisades. A collaboration between RLB Architecture and Sowa Development, the home was designed and constructed in the new transitional style that embraces a timeless aesthetic with a warm yet modern appeal. 

The new luxury home sits on a 60-foot wide lot and boasts an open, three-level floor plan, striking indoor-outdoor living spaces, and plenty of natural light. The beautifully crafted home features a formal living room and dining room, a large kitchen with a breakfast nook, a family room, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, three fireplaces, an elevator, and a large basement.

The main-level family room is connected to the kitchen and opens into a large backyard with a pool and spa. The gourmet kitchen connects to the dining room via a walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry. The study includes a bathroom accessible from the backyard; a mudroom provides access to the garage. 

The second-floor primary bedroom suite features a large deck facing the backyard, a spacious bathroom with his and her vanities, a free-standing tub, a shower for two, an enclosed toilet room, and a walk-in closet with an island. In addition, an exterior stairway gives three bedrooms direct access to a large rooftop deck with stunning ocean and mountain views. 

The basement includes a large entertainment area with an exterior stairway to the backyard, a media room with tiered seating, a gym, a maid or nanny’s suite, a large laundry room with two washers and two dryers, and abundant storage.

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