Farmhouse style architecture is very popular, and for good reason. It’s homey, spacious (without being overly large), and has an adaptability that allows for dressing it up or outfitting it in casual comfort. In other words, the farmhouse style is versatile.
Farmhouse Style: The Ryegate Plan
The Ryegate is a Yankee Barn floor plan which allows for the best of several worlds. With a traditional exterior that includes a farmhouse porch and an attached garage, the home suits a number of different build sites. The plan works equally well with smaller lots or expansive acreage; a waterside setting, a suburban site, or in rural surroundings. It’s the type of home that is easily distinguished from cookie cutter style houses, yet adapts to the terrain around it with ease. I think of it as a farmhouse with undertones of cottage elements. At 2080 square feet, it’s not a large house, but vaulted ceilings, plenty of windows, and an open floor plan, allows the house to feel larger than its actual size.
The Ryegate is a hybrid post and beam plan, which means there’s post and beam in some parts of the home, while not in others. This is a very popular option for many Yankee Barn homeowners. It allows clients to use timber where they want it, and not where they don’t. In the case of the Ryegate plan, the post and beam frame is in the common areas of the home. The kitchen, dining room, living room, and an upper loft space with vaulted ceilings, are all post and beam construction. The bedrooms and baths use our trademarked True Panel system, as does the timbered area, but without the post and beam frame.
The floor plan of Ryegate is also adaptable for differing living situations. It works well for a couple wishing to live primarily on a single level, yet have space for visiting friends and relatives. It is also perfectly suited as a family home or second home. The foot print of the house is basically a rectangle, providing energy efficiency when it comes to heating and cooling.