Farmhouse chic is everywhere these days, largely thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines, who popularized the trend during the five seasons of their ultrapopular HGTV show, “Fixer Upper.”
The problem? After the apron-front sink and the shiplap are installed, the homes they renovate aren’t exactly affordable. (Remember the 2,653-square-foot “barndominium” listed for sale at $1.2 million?)
But now, you can score a Gaines-inspired home for a bargain—only $60,000!
New prefab homes channel farmhouse style
Clayton Homes, the largest builder of manufactured housing in the country, recently released a line of farmhouse-style prefab houses. Since prefab homes are built in a factory before being delivered and assembled on site, they’re much more affordable than a typical house. Prices on these farmhouse prefabs range from $60,000 to $120,000.
In addition to being cheaper than traditional homes, these farmhouses are quick to build. Place your order, and one can be erected on your property in a mere three months.
Ashley Skowron, an interior designer for the company, says the popularity of “Fixer Upper” inspired them to add farmhouse prefabs to their collection.
So what does bargain farmhouse chic look like?
To replicate the Gaineses’ signature modern farmhouse style, Clayton’s designers created open floor plans with large kitchens and entertaining spaces, wood grain accents, shiplap, sliding barn doors, white cabinets, and plenty of natural light.
“One of the best things about the farmhouse style and why our buyers love it is because it feels lived-in,” Skowron notes. “All of these perfectly imperfect features make it feel so welcoming.”
People ‘think they can’t afford it—this proves they can’
Since Clayton launched the farmhouse homes, searches have skyrocketed, says Audrey Eason, communications manager at Clayton Homes.
“Our two most popular homes online by far are the Lulamae and the Freedom Farm House. It’s picking up all across the country,” she says.
Eason agrees that the “Chip and Jo effect,” combined with low prices, are what have buyers biting.
And while the homes don’t come furnished, Clayton has partnerships with big retailers to make their appliances for the home more affordable. The furniture is up to you. (Think: natural fabrics and reclaimed wood and you’re halfway there; here are a bunch more farmhouse decor ideas).
Granted, since Chip and Jo didn’t actually have their hands on these homes, the results might be more cookie-cutter—think “farmhouse lite.” Still, for the price, that might do just fine.
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