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runs along the front, wraps around the side and connects the house to the garage, providing shelter from the moment one ascends the steps, an element Thomas says is integral to achieving the traditional farmhouse aesthetic. But, there’s much more at play here than a serene spot for sipping sweet tea. “It’s a nice, relaxing porch, but it’s also functional,” Thomas says. “The overhang is deep enough to open the sliding doors and windows when it’s raining and get a nice cross breeze through to the back porch, which is also protected from rain and mosquitoes.” The proximity of the back porch to the kitchen and to the backyard grilling station sets the home up perfectly for entertaining, as does the non-traditional open floor plan inside. Speer says an older farmhouse would have been more chopped up and that this home’s airy interior won the hearts of every subcontractor, supplier and potential client that visited the site during the build. Matching today’s preference for an open floor plan with the traditional farmhouse concept was a challenge to which Thomas rose beautifully.“I looked at how we could have that without just walking into a big open space,” she says. Her solution was a navy and gold, shiplap-wrapped jewel box of a butler’s pantry, situated at the heart of the main living area. “I worked really hard to make the butler’s pantry this cool box floating in the middle of the house, rather than tucked to the side, out of the way,” Thomas says. “I arranged it to sort of divide the space but still allow things to flow nicely around the living room, dining room and kitchen.” 76 _ at Home

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