he early nineteenth century Southern Piedmont farmhouse has unmistakable period detailing and materials so prevalent through the old South. Often borrowing details from the Georgian, Greek Revival and Victorian periods, these historic houses are a study in simplistic charm and elegance. Typically they were two-story gabled structures flanked by tall chimneys and fronted by a practical, spacious, covered porch with classical, square columns, beaded ceiling and square picket rails. Building materials usually consisted of native fieldstone or brick for the chimneys and foundations, trim moldings carved in high relief, slate or standing-seam tin roofs.
Our Valley View Farmhouse borrows many of these common characteristics and blends them into a home plan for contemporary living that will fit particularly well in a rural setting. While fitting the visual description of a Virginia Highlands farmhouse of the nineteenth century, our house offers some surprisingly current design features for casual living.