New Build Saltbox Farmhouse

This new build saltbox farmhouse is home to Christopher Vazquez and Rick Davis. They decided to trade life in their urban townhouse on Capitol Hill for the Maryland countryside.

Old House Enthusiasts:

The two were old-house enthusiasts and wanted to swap their urban townhouse for a 100-year old fixer upper. But most houses they looked at were money pits.

Rick’s brother Wayne happened to be a builder. Together they came up with an old-fashioned saltbox on a 27 acre piece of land in Hollywood, Maryland.

They decided to keep the architecture simple.

This new build saltbox farmhouse is in Maryland.

Saltbox Style Architecture:

Saltbox-style architecture got its name from its resemblance to an old lidded salt box. (From the front, there are two stories; from the back there is one).

The kitchen is new but looks old in this Maryland farmhouse.

There are soapstone countertops with white cabinets and wooden millwork atop sage green walls in the kitchen.

The range was inspired by a 1900s-era stove. The modern fridge is concealed behind cabinetry.

The Living Room:

One wall of the living room is covered with stone.

In the living room a reclaimed log cabin beam serves as a mantel. Rick keeps a steady display of flowers from the garden in the house.

The Dining Room:

The dining room in this new build saltbox farmhouse has a distressed table and chairs.

In the dining room a metal chandelier with votives for tea candles provides an old-world ambience for entertaining.

The Entry:

The entryway has an old beam to display artifacts.

In the entryway a rustic beam reclaimed from an old log cabin is now a shelf showcasing vintage vessels.

The stairway in this new build saltbox farmhouse looks vintage, though it is new.

They added reclaimed flooring in random widths and laid with old nails.

A desk and chair showcases a vintage typewriter and other decor.

An antique desk marked with 1870s election returns shows off a vintage typewriter, duck decoys, cigar boxes and apothecary jars.

The Master Bedroom:

The master bed in the saltbox farmhouse is flanked by two antique sidetables.

In the master bedroom an antique spool bed is flanked by two antique side tables. A classic braided rug warms up the plank floors.

Another bedroom in this new build saltbox farmhouse

The Bathroom:

The bathroom has bold dramatic walls.

In the bathroom dramatic walls offset the softer floral colors. The antique lantern formerly hung in a church.

The two posing at their farmhouse.

And here’s a photo of Christopher and Rick posing on their 27-acre farm.

{Photos and details for this home tour courtesy of the Country Living website.}

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9 Comments

  1. This house makes me think of the homes my grandmothers lived in. It gives me a nostalgic, “want to return to my childhood” vibe.

  2. I love this one! To me it has so much character. Such well thought out uses of beautiful items. Every room is different, but the differences still ties them together. I love the colors! Muted, but striking at the same time. I think that I could look at this house a hundred times and still find something that I didn’t see the first 99 times.

  3. What a gorgeous home. They certainly made a wise choice to build. And they have done an incredible job decorating. The salt box houses so remind me of back East.

  4. The house seems warm and inviting. Love all the wood elements in the home. So many things to look at . The floors are beautiful, as is the front door. Looks like a very comfortable home.

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