The American farmhouse is a country home style that highlights the simplicity of rural living. Coming up the drive, you will notice an inviting entry, second-floor dormer windows and a gable roof. The roof frequently flares out to cover the porch, which is an important part of the home plan. Large porches were originally designed to help cool the interior of the home also provide a shady spot for guests to gather and enjoy the outdoors. With functional shutters and dormer windows that increase interior light and living space, the architecture of a farm house is minimally ornamental but very efficient. Large, symmetrical windows help to accentuate the exterior and bring the outside in. The exterior is typically faced with horizontal siding.