Welcome to Happy Choice Farm (isn’t that a great name?). This Federal-style brick and clapboard farmhouse sits on a hilltop overlooking 80 acres in Maryland’s Montgomery County.
I was surprised to learn how new it is. When the couple purchased the property in 2003, the farm came with an outdated 1960s rambler that was too close to the road, so they hired Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects to design a new home for them with better views.
I found a picture of this house posted by a woman who says her family used to live here, and that the original farmhouse burned down when her great-grandmother was a child. It was called Happy Choice Farm then, too, and I’d love to hear the story behind it!
Part of the house is brick and part is white clapboard to look like it’s been added onto over time. A red roof unites them.
They told Period Homes magazine that they wanted “a country farmhouse with an historic feel to the exterior and a casual design on the interior” that looked like “it had been part of the property for 200 years.”
Architect Mark Buchanan drove around Montgomery County photographing examples of old farmhouses to show them. There are a lot of Victorian homes in their area, but they preferred the few he found with Federal style.
The traditional entry hall is one of my favorite things about the house:
When the couple is home alone, they say they spend most of their time in the library. Buchanan says, “With the fireplace, the wood paneling and of course the many shelves of books, the room is very cozy and comfortable.”
The master bedroom is on the first floor and has a view of Sugarloaf Mountain:
The back stairs:
First Floor Plan:
They chose this hilltop site to take advantage of the views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the pastures below where the owners’ horses graze.
The house is surrounded by porches: there’s one at the front entry, one off the family room overlooking the pasture, and an L-shaped wraparound that connects the side entrance and service rooms.
It received the Northern VA AIA Award of Merit in 2009.
Just looking at Happy Choice Farm made me feel a little happier today! Also making me smile: we finally have some real sunshine here after days (and days) of rain. 🙂