A farmhouse can easily be expanded because the basic shapes make it easy to add porches, sheds, and wings. These houses can also be dressed up or dressed down, depending on what you expect from a home.
The gable ends, soffits, and porch columns can be left austere or filled with texture, trim, and detail.
The farmhouse is uniquely American, despite the fact that the style has been influenced over the centuries by European traditions. English Colonial homes contributed symmetry, the gable roof, and the double-hung window. The Greek revival style gave us classical details and lots of white paint. Stone farmhouses are found in the German-settled areas of eastern Pennsylvania. In the Deep South, the French influence can be seen in farmhouses with glass-paned doors, paired windows, and hipped roofs with steep pitch.
Each house takes on the imprint of the people who lived there, resulting in a truly vernacular style, one that adapts to local needs and preferences.