At long last, we’re doing it. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked to share our Folk Victorian farmhouse layout. So. It’s about time I did.
I have honestly wanted to do this for a while now (and we actually have a VERY old video with a tour), but 98% of the time the house is in some form of chaos because of the renovation. However we recently deep cleaned all of the finished spaces so…now I can actually give you a proper tour!
This house is a classic front and side gable Folk Victorian farmhouse. We haven’t renovated any of the exterior yet. Almost all of the original windows have been removed. We’re returning the windows to their original size but that means we have siding damage to deal with.
So we need to finish the interior before we tackle the exterior. I have precisely one circa-1945 pictures of the house as it used to be. What I wouldn’t give to see this again!
Farmhouse Layout – First Floor
The house has a classic Folk Victorian farmhouse layout. The room plan is basically the same both upstairs and downstairs.
So far we have renovated the upstairs hall, downstairs hall, master bedroom, master bathroom, mudroom, study, and half of the kitchen.
Hallway and Staircase
The house has two central hallways both upstairs and downstairs. These touch every other room in the house, which is why we renovated them first.
Honestly the staircase alone sold me on the entire property. I didn’t care how much it was or how much work we had to do. This staircase is LIFE.
This room is currently our temporary kitchen. But I have BIG plans for this space eventually. It will become a proper dining room and will be HIGH drama in all the right ways.
This room is directly off the front hall and was originally the parlor. We chose to make it a master bedroom to 1) promote first floor living so we can comfortably age in place and 2) the king size mattress wouldn’t fit up the stairs. We fight like cats and dogs if we try to sleep in a queen. So downstairs it is. 😀
We built this room from top to bottom. This house had no bathroom originally (typical for a farmhouse layout), but a previous owner added one at some point. This bathroom not only serves as a comfortable master bathroom, but also acts as a first floor bathroom as well.
On the other side of the bathroom we built this hard working mudroom and laundry room. We’re glad to have this separate, concrete space for the appliances in our farmhouse layout.
A study is just a vaguely obnoxious way of saying living room. And honestly it sounds so much more dramatic and important. We use the study as a place to watch TV and use the computer.
This kitchen is the big project of the moment (I’m trying really hard not to think about how much work we have left to do but it’s FINE).
This space is HUGE – almost 15’x15′ plus the pantry. We rebuilt the wall between the kitchen and the dining room which brought back the original two separate spaces.
Farmhouse Layout – Upstairs
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The ceilings up here are SHORT. Like really short. Like six foot four or 76″ short. As best we can tell that’s how they were originally, and we decided to leave them that way!
We decided not to loft them (partly because that feels EXTREMELY trendy to me, and the idea that I’m being trendy gives me hipster hives), but also the attic is almost as tall as the second floor. It would just look weird lofted.
I love this little hall though. It’s bright and sunny and the perfect place for all my little plants I’m trying not to kill.
I’m not showing you these. Nope. Sorry. Not gonna happen. If you’ve ever renovated a house, you know that everything from the room you’re working on has to go SOMEWHERE. And that somewhere is these three bedrooms.
Eventually we will renovate the two front bedrooms completely and split the back bedroom into a bathroom and bedroom. Big projects ahead.
Farmhouse Layout Love
These old houses and these closed layouts just absolutely speak to my soul. I love them so so much. They feel cozy and warm but also have spacious rooms for plenty of furniture and storage. Honestly the layout is so simple, it baffles me why new houses can’t be built similarly!
Hopefully that answers all the questions I have received about our house layout, but if you have any others leave them below!!