A heritage of relying on the land is immediately evident in the rugged beauty of Farmhouse style. The first farmers to build houses in America’s heartland didn’t have time for adding extravagant details to their homes. The architecture was boxy and rugged, constructed using the timber and stones that were cleared from the farmers’ fields. Multi-paned windows provided views of the surrounding acreage. In good times, wrap-around porches were often added, but with simple — and simply beautiful — columns and railings.