A drab 1950s ranch in Virginia is reborn as a dignified 19th-century-style farmhouse with the help of a smart addition designed by architects Keith Scott and Julie Dixon.
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
The layout and materials of a historic Virginia farmhouse may be simple and utilitarian, but popular European pattern books of architectural design created an awareness of symmetry and Classical proportion that's evident in even the most modest of dwellings. The style is easily recognizable by its white clapboard walls, standing-seam metal roof, double-hung windows, and louvered shutters. However, what truly defines the style is its easy relationship with the land—especially through spaces created by long, wide porches.