Vita Modern Homes’ Lavish Industrial Farmhouse Brings Dream Home to Life

By definition, modern and contemporary homes consistently explore new concepts that reflect current lifestyles and material preferences. That represents the Vita Modern Homes mission in every house it builds. The modern industrial farmhouse under construction in Morrow is a perfect example.

Nestled in a secluded wooded setting with towering trees, the home designed by Sheri Scott’s Springhouse Architects integrates exposed steel I-beams to support massive covered porches. A dark gray Japanese Gendai yakisugi (or “shou sugi ban”) horizontal exterior cladding, coordinated with white vertical shiplap and a 10-foot-tall Venetian plaster wall, showcases unique contrasting elements. Extensive use of exterior concrete pads brings West Coast elements to the external facade. The large covered porch and a giant 5-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall front pivot entry door form a grand entrance into the wide-open floor plan, with 12-foot-tall ceilings and sprawling windows.

“This project morphed from a contemporary modern design to an industrial modern farmhouse, based on our client’s vision and the architect’s vision,” Vita Modern Homes founder said. “Modern architecture movement is accelerating to the east. More people appreciate clean, modern architecture, deviating from the status quo.

“One of my favorite elements of the industrial farmhouse is the integration of industrial materials, like concrete and steel beams, and materials from across the globe, including shou sugi ban and Venetian plaster, along with our staple of massive windows, open space and tall ceilings,” he added.

Shou sugi ban is a traditional Japanese wall and ceiling cladding made exclusively from cypress and intensely burned as a preservative heat treatment. The heat treatment improves siding longevity by preventing decay and insect infestation, makes the planks more dimensionally stable and increases fire resistance.

That the original plan shifted from contemporary modern to the industrial modern farmhouse reflects Vita Modern Homes’ approach to working with clients.

“We provide a clean slate. From the beginning, the client talks about the vision, and the architect brings clarity and creates a plan,” said Renee Lincoln, sales manager for Vita Modern Homes. “Clients have the freedom to select every detail of their home’s interior and exterior design. We build it around their lifestyle.”

Vita Modern Homes brings a West Coast style that offers forward-thinking designs. The Bella is a prime example of the company’s building concept.

The 5,700-square-foot modern Mediterranean home in Springboro features a façade adorned with soaring windows, a high-reaching glass door, 10- to 12-foot-high ceilings, brilliant lighting, exquisite ceramic tile floors, and panoramic views that bring the outside in with floor-to-ceiling Andersen 400 windows. A chef’s kitchen with luxurious Cambria countertops, clean, modern cabinetry, high-end appliances and a generous pantry opens to the great room, highlighted by a stone fireplace wall with a linear Mezzo fireplace and a coffered ceiling.

The master suite has imported Italian marble featured throughout the shower and floors, a stand-alone tub with an overhead tub filler, floating cabinets, and walk-in closet with laundry room inside. A glass-walled office is nestled on the left side of the entryway, and a staircase to the right leads to the lower level. The walkout basement showcases a comfortable theater room, a designer bar and a wine room under the stairs.

“Contemporary design adapts to the latest trends and includes elements like expansive windows and morphing the natural world into the interior space,” Renee explained. “Uncluttered spaces with smooth, clean lines and artistic flair convey a comfortable and calming feeling in every room.”

Transparency in every step of the planning, design and building process is an integral part of Vita Modern Homes’ promise to clients. Fixed-price contracts offer peace of mind and demonstrate the company’s commitment to integrity.

Clients have the freedom to select every detail of their home’s interior and exterior design. John Ramby, Vita Modern Homes construction manager, is meticulous about creating a finished product that is exceptionally built “inside the walls.”

“The look of our homes is visually stunning. When you walk in, you see an open floor plan, clean lines, a modern style and special features,” John said. “What I focus on is the constructability, which covers the way a house is constructed from the foundation to the roof, windows and how they are installed, and how we wrap your house.

“Nobody sees within the walls of a home; but the quality of how a home is built – and what’s within the walls – is even more important than the aesthetics, because you want to feel confident that your house is durably and efficiently constructed from the ground up,” John added.

For more information, and to see details and photos of the model homes, visit