All Publications 2014 – Midwest Living

Polk Road Residence
Stanwood, MI

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A breezeway links the garage to the house, designed with simple, durable materials, such as white-painted board-and-batten siding and metal roofing. “We wanted the farmhouse to look like it was on a working farm instead of built for show,” says architect Robert Sears.

The floor plan also better reflects modern living. “Old farmhouses were typically cut up into a bunch of small rooms: a kitchen, a dining room, a parlor,” Tami says. “We wanted a modern farmhouse that’s open and airy.” The kitchen, dining area and living area form on big great-room on the 1,126-square-foot main floor. A traditional farmhouse kitchen, bolstered with a marble-top 5×8-foot island, provides plenty of prep and party space. Two square tables pushed together seat six in the connected dining area; two more stored in the bard expand seating to 16 – helpful for when the Lepleys’ two college-age kids and other family visit. French doors in the adjacent living room open to a large terrace with outdoor seating. “We love the flow of the house,” Tami says.