Home Sweet Homestead

Alabama Farmhouse Exterior
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A couple looks to the past to build their Alabama dream house.

01 of 09

The Exterior

Alabama Farmhouse Exterior
Laurey W. Glenn

Jon and Beverly Winter wanted their new home on her parents' farm in Matthews, Alabama to look as though it had been on the family property for years.

02 of 09

The Front

The Front
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Doors and windows align for cross ventilation, a standard feature of turn-of-the-century structures before the advent of air-conditioning. Architect Bill Ingram and the contractor worked with salvaged materials, made windows the old-fashioned way (by securing the glass panes with putty), and selected a tin roof, another nod to age-old building practices.

03 of 09

The Back Porch

The Back Porch
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Beverly's collection of antique chairs surrounds a table that Jon made from old barn wood.

04 of 09

The Screened Porch

The Screened Porch
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The screened porch was built to look as if it had been added on at a later time.

05 of 09

The Fireplace

The Fireplace
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The fireplace on the screened porch was built from the same repurposed bricks used to create the home's piers."We hand-cleaned every single one" says Ingram.

06 of 09

The Front Door

The Front Door
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The transom and sidelights surround the front door, flooding the interior with light.

07 of 09

The Foyer

The Foyer
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The entry foyer, clad in exterior siding and sporting painted floors, was designed to appear as an open porch that was eventually enclosed. The painted floor is a visual trick that extends the porch inside.

08 of 09

The Kitchen

The Kitchen
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A hutch, pine floors, simple cabinetry, and open shelving keep the kitchen classic and airy.

09 of 09

The Buffet

The Buffet
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Beverly chose a hutch to put atop a buffet and floated them underneath one beam to separate the kitchen from the living area. "With just two pieces of furniture, I was able to separate the space but maintain the feeling of an open plan," she says.

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