Roger and Chris in the Modern Farmhouse
Photo of exterior of house, living room, and guest bedroom

Between late-2010 and mid-2011, we completely redesigned the interior and exterior of our modern home in Austin, Texas. Part of a neighborhood of modern, green homes, our house already featured amazing light pouring in through 24 huge commercial-grade windows, a clever layout that maximized functionality and sense of space, and simple modern finishes like concrete, bamboo, steel, quartz.

Our goal was to bring the feel of the exterior of the home - which, with its pure lines and rustic details, was evocative of an old farmhouse - to the interior. With unadorned sheetrock and builder-grade paint, the house lacked the detail that could make it truly memorable. So we added a board-and-batten effect to most of the rooms using inexpensive lattice, plywood paneling in the office, paint to almost every wall, and dozens of little details. We used rustic furniture, industrial accents, paint, textiles, and accessories to capture a feel somewhere between Austin and upstate New York. We painted the staircase bright white and wrapped the steps in jute, painted the cabinetry and replaced the hardware, and planted hundreds of trees, perennials, cacti, and flowering vines in the yard.

We invite you to take a tour of the house. If you are interested in discussing a similar transformation to your own home, contact us for a consultation.

Floorplan of house

Room-By-Room Photo Tour:

Take a tour of each room of the Modern Farmhouse, complete with stories and sources for many of the pieces of furniture and art.

To begin, you might want to take a quick look at the house before we renovated.

First Floor:

Second Floor:


Projects & Tips:


We partnered with a number of companies on this project. Here are some of the vendors and contractors with whom we worked. Note: Detailed source lists are included in each room tour.

  • California Closets · We transformed our closets with functional and stylish organization hardware.

  • CetraPro Painters · Roger's partner for years on Sell This House, CertaPro Austin painted all of the walls, ceilings, our stairway, our cabinetry, our piano, and even our the ceiling and floor of our carport.

  • Floor Coverings International · Our open stairway was made safer for pets and people alike by wrapping each step in natural jute runners.

  • 3 Day Blinds · We used white 2-inch wood blinds with fabric tape throughout the house.

  • 5G Contracting · 5G performed the carpentry work, adding the board-and-batten treatment to the walls, creating the stable and barn doors, and building the front yard fence.

  • Barn Light Electric · The rustic fixtures in our master and guest bathrooms were built by this provider of vintage-style lighting.

Read more about the partners for the Modern Farmhouse project.

If you are interested in discussing a similar transformation to your own home, contact us for a consultation.

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