Our Modern Farmhouse is starting to take shape, all exterior paint is done in Behr Nano White #HDC-MD-06. We installed the black grid windows and they really look bold on the white canvas. Loving this white and black exterior color scheme with the farmhouse design style, the result is an inviting and casual atmosphere, kinda like a little dose of rural farm-living near the beach here in South Oceanside. These pics do not do it justice, we are causing a traffic jam with all the lookie-loo’s who have been watching the transformation!
The Industrial Gooseneck 16″ Gardena Barn Light from Steel Lighting Company Fixture seems to be the main thing that stands out, white Board and Batten Hardie siding add to the farmhouse feel. My Barn Gate design will certainly hold the chickens and cow in the backyard. Even though the whole house is white, it works because of all the different materials and textures used. Mixed material exterior walls make a monotone house interesting to look at. I have brick, horizontal siding, vertical siding, and stucco all contrasting each other but looking uniform at the same time..
We also got started on the landscaping with a retaining wall and new concrete patio. My finishers are the best in the business.
Stay tuned for an interior progress report soon! This house is coming soon to the South Oceanside market, West of the 5 and 2 minutes from downtown Carlsbad Village. Cozy, Comfy and full of Southern Charm, this sophisticated farmhouse is going to make one lucky new homeowner feel warm and fuzzy soon.
It’s clear everyone is falling head over heels for the farmhouse style and for our Modern Farmhouse we wanted to do Board and Batten Trim in various places inside and out. This is about 500 bucks of MDF and a half days work but adds tons of character to your project. This DIY project is very easy to handle with a medium level skillset and basic tools. Custom Board and Batten inside our Farmhouse already is making a huge impact! In our case we already had smooth textured walls so we only had to do the trim details, if you have heavy orange peel textured walls you can use sheets of Masonite first and then build the trim on top for a smooth look. I did 3 different versions of designs I thought would go well in this home. Other cool Farmhouse interior trim ideas would include Shiplap MDF siding which we will have to save for another project.
Here is what you will need for this DIY Board and Batten project:
2 1/2″ pre primed MDF strips
3 1/2″ pre primed MDF strips
5 1/2″ pre primed MDF strips
Finish Nail Gun with 2 1/2″ 15 gauge nails
Table saw (optional)
First we calculated what looked good with spacing, here I went with 20″ on center. I used blue painters tape to get an idea of what it would look like before committing to the layout. Here is a tip, the battens will not land on studs so we used finish nails and Liquid nails adhesive to hold them to the wall. The nails just keep them in place until the glue dries.
All this pre-primed MDF trim is available at your local home improvement store. It has crisp sharp edges, make sure and don’t buy the soft edge version. With a level first set your top piece in place and adhere it. Next we did the 6″ baseboard. Cut each batten individually one at a time to get a tight fit. These battens are 3.5″ wide and the baseboard is 5.5″. The top rail we ripped another strip at about 1.25″ for a small shelf detail. We will paint the Board and batten semi gloss with then the walls eggshell. In my case its all going to be white but will be a great detail once we are finished. When you are done use DAP putty to carefully fill seams and nail holes. Each Batten should be caulked along both vertical sides!
The side of the staircase was a perfect place to do a Board and Batten Feature Wall, here I went with more narrow battens at 2.5″ wide and ran them all the way up to the ceiling. In the dining room picture below I changed up the design a bit also and added the extra rail.
The exterior board and batten was done by first removing existing siding and wrapping the house with house wrap, commonly called Tyvek. We then hung 4x8 sheets of Smooth Hardie Panel. Make sure and use Z Bar flashing where the horizontal seams of the Hardie Panel meet to prevent water from getting in. It’s best to land the seam on the existing 16″ on center stud spacing and then use the battens to hide the vertical seams. We opted for 1 x 2.5″ Hardie Trim for the Battens and spaced them 16″ on center. Make sure and caulk everything good before you paint. If you changed the spacing and didn’t land on existing studs you could screw and glue the battens if needed. We are really excited about the transformation, these small details are going to go a long way on the finished project. The way this Board and Batten exterior siding plays off the new Shed Dormers we built is really making this Farmhouse look comforting and welcoming.
This big fully permitted Modern Farmhouse remodel in Oceanside is now well underway. We moved a lot of walls around and are doing major structural changes to convert this dated 5 bedroom, 3 bath into an open concept floorplan 4 bedroom, 2 bath with huge 9′ island kitchen and expansive master suite upstairs. The style is “Modern Farmhouse” where we will run an all White and Black color theme with some industrial fixtures and gold hardware. Inside paint colors will also be all white with warm wood floors to anchor the space. Extensive use of subway tile and white shaker will complete the look, wait until you see the unique industrial pendant lights we are dropping over the island. This is Part 1 which got us through the demo, permitting, rough framing, mechanical upgrades, central air, roof, insulation and drywall. Notice the awesome Shed Dormers I designed on the roof which gives it the Agrarian look we are going for. This style is hot right now in LA and North County San Diego so it will be exciting to leave this mark on the hip South Oceanside neighborhood for years to come. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss the final video to see how it comes out!
Modern Farmhouse project coming to South Oceanside this Spring! This design style embraces an eclectic mix of periods and aesthetics, combining traditional farmhouse from decades ago with modern trends of today and its very hot in North County. We hope to get started soon on this fun project. This is a big house at over 2200 s.f. and in an extremely hot area of Oceanside which is West of I-5, less than a mile from the beach, and otherwise known by the locals as “South O”. I plan to incorporate some modern features, industrial inspired lighting, Gold plumbing fixtures, board and batten areas or possibly a ship lap accent wall inside with white cabinets and some warm rustic wood flooring. The exterior will be clean white with the exposed brick accent wall and black grid windows as you can see below on my rendering. Black and white patterned bathroom floor tile would be nice and a real butcher block island if we can fit it. Stay tuned for all the fun!