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The Evolution of a Mountain-Style Home

For generations, log and timber homes have been family retreats, hunting cabins, primary homes and seasonal havens. Over time, the idea of mountain-style homes has evolved, moving from relatively simple 4-walls to more dynamic and complex structures. These developments are seen in broadened applications of size, layout and use of materials.Traditional Log Home


Traditionally, mountain-style homes were smaller scaled projects, averaging around 1,000 square feet. As times have changed, people have developed different uses for their log homes. Where smaller structures held intimate gatherings of a few individuals, people are now looking to build larger homes where more friends and family have a place to come together. Increasing square footage in log and timber homes has aided this desire to house larger groups of people as well as enable inclusion of additional rooms.


The small size and simplistic layouts of traditional log did not lend themselves to intricate floor plans. Over time, the creation of space only used for necessary items gave way to the creativity of mountain-style designs. Today, the way people utilize their space has developed to accommodate the complexity of the structure’s look and. These homes have become multi-level structures with specific designs for spaces like mud rooms, libraries and game rooms. In some homes, rooms housing pools or theatres are included in ways never before thought of.

Modern Mountain-Style Home Materials

It used to be that the only materials used to build a log home were logs and perhaps some river rock for a chimney. Today, the selection of materials from log to timber, siding to roofing and rock to glass has expanded so much that there is a multitude of color, sizes, and shapes to choose from. By mixing these diverse elements, your designer is able to create a uniquely distinct house.

Today the term ‘mountain-style home’ brings about a wide range of imagery. However, when you are sitting beside your natural rock fireplace, watching the sun go down over the distant mountains, it doesn’t matter if you are sitting in a 1,000 square foot home or a 5,000 square foot home, each home still evokes the same feelings of contentment.