Bekebrede installs a lot of Phenix marble, like he did in his own home. “We did that on our countertop, our fireplace and on our front steps,” he says. “It’s quarried up in Ash Grove. It came out of the ground within an hour of our house, and we like that idea as well.”
Bekebrede says a modern farmhouse can be an affordable design for your home if you’re looking at building from scratch or remodeling your existing home because the style usually uses siding instead of brick and stone. However, like any home project, there are levels to how much you might or might not spend on it. “Any house, the major cost is the stuff that’s in it,” he says. “Overall, the idea that you are wrapping it in siding instead of brick and stone, you’re saving a significant amount of money.”
However, the trouble with a modern farmhouse in 417-land is that sometimes neighborhood codes don’t allow for siding, Bekebrede says. A lot of times, neighborhoods only allow for brick or stone exteriors.
Bekebrede says no matter what style you choose, an open floor plan is a big plus. “You can make a smaller house feel a lot larger if you don’t have a lot of walls,” he says.
Additionally, you would want to choose simple baseboards and simple interior and exterior doors, such as single-panel doors. In the homes he builds and designs, Bekebrede doesn’t often do a lot of barn doors, simply because it could date the house.