“Farmhouse” may imply a casual and informal home style, but farmhouse architecture developed through astute observation of details and an appreciation of pure form. As a homage to regional building techniques, farm structures and folk interpretations of pre-railroad, national and Victorian styles, this American vernacular style has garnered steady admiration and has been replicated since the 1930s. Today’s farmhouses can be and feel traditional or modern through the expression of their materials. What sets this style apart from other home styles is that it always pays tribute to local precedent and interprets those qualities in a minimalist fashion. Here are some of its elements and expressions.