As the popular definition goes, “An American/ Italian farmhouse is a house or apartment designed in a farmhouse style by the owner’s ancestors in Italy.” Modern Italian farmhouse architecture typically begins with a typical, comfortable, utilitarian design. As the house develops and evolves over time, it becomes more modern and upscale, as in the case of the contemporary-style building on Elizabeth Street in Jersey City.
While the general rule is that the size and shape of the house largely depend on the homeowner’s needs and tastes, the specifics of each specific architectural style are much more individualized. As a result, as it pertains to the Italian-style, the sizes, shapes, and styles can vary greatly.
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The modern-style house is generally small, square, and upright. In most cases, it has two-story, multi-story windows in its main living area, which is commonly the first floor of the home. Additionally, there are many flat roofs, long, straight windows, and plenty of light.
Most American farmhouses are designed to be smaller, with little in the way of detailing. However, as mentioned above, the style does vary slightly from place to place. In most cases, they have very little in the way of detailing, and the floors are bare. However, some owners do want more in the way of detail and have their own personal touch.
The Italian American farmhouse is usually designed for the family, rather than a private residence. Although they do serve the same purpose, there is an added element of comfort in that it is a “real” home for the family to live in. The first floor of the home is designed to be the dining room, while the second floor is normally the family room or den. It can also be used as a family space for entertaining.
Italian-style American farmhouse is a classic-style house but is not as large as the Italian style. The foundation is solid, and the living room floor is a concrete slab.
There is a vast variety of designs for this style. Some are very simple, while others are very elaborate. The size, shape, and design of the floor plan are somewhat open-ended. Usually, there is a built-in fireplace in each room, and often there is an entertainment area in the living room.
This type of design also helps people to communicate clearly about their culture and heritage in a very independent style. For this reason, it is considered to be a much more authentic way to decorate than the conventional American home style.