Mountain architecture

Log & Timber Architectural Styles

What will your log or timber home look like? The answer entirely depends on what kind of architectural style you are drawn to most. Some may prefer the flat roof, glass-heavy look of a modern timber home while others are more interested in the rustic nature of an Adirondack style log home. Our in-house architectural group, M.T.N Design, can incorporate log and timber construction into the style you like most. Learn more about these styles and then visit our floor plan gallery to see all of our floor plans.

Woodriver Concept

Craftsman Style Log and Timber Homes

The arts and crafts heritage of a Craftsman design is a perfect match for natural log and timber materials. Timber frame trusses and rafters are ideal supports for traditional low-pitched roofs that extend out over patios and decks. When combined with square log walls, cedar shake or brightly colored siding, the exteriors are very reminiscent of early 20th Century designs. Contact us to learn more about how we can design your Craftsman style timber or log home.

Craftsman Style Characteristics

  • Emphasis on horizontal pitched lines
  • Low pitched roofs
  • Deep overhangs
  • Window banding
  • Use of pergolas and large porches
  • Timber truss work at eave tops
  • 6 over 1, double hung windows
  • Shingled gables and dormers
  • Stone Foundations
  • Square timber posts on stone bases
  • Exposed rafter tails, floor joints and beam bends
  • Tapered columns
Blueridge Concept

Appalachian Style Log and Timber Homes

Named for a region of America with centuries of rustic heritage, Appalachian Style architecture reminds us of a simpler time. A time when you could sit on the front porch and just visit with friends, without worrying about wifi or social media. What better way to recreate this authentic style than with log home construction. PrecisionCraft building methods let you blend log walls with non-log walls, so that the exterior can showcase a true mixture of rustic materials, from logs to vertical siding and native stone. Let us work with you to design your ideal Appalachian log home floor plan.

Appalachian Style Characteristics

  • Smaller, rough-sawn or hand-hewn timbers
  • Functional simplicity
  • Square or rectangular logs
  • Dovetail corners common
  • Shed dormers prevalent
  • Long covered porches
  • Shingled gables and dormers
  • Simple roof lines and shapes
  • Stone chimneys
  • Casual, unobstructive style rendered with rustic elements
  • Larger houses should look as though they were expanded over several generations
Sunriver Concept

Modern Style Log and Timber Homes

When you go back to the roots of modern style design, you find Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style. An important component of these types of homes was a connection to natural elements and the surrounding environment. The beautifully natural wood tones of log and timber construction are a perfect fit for modern mountain style. Combine that with big windows that frame your landscape and open layouts that make the most of your square footage and you get PrecisionCraft modern architecture.

Modern Style Characteristics

  • Exposed natural materials
  • Prominent use of wood
  • Clean, straightforward design
  • Fit to the environment
  • Indoor / outdoor interaction
  • Energy-conscious design
  • Large amounts of glass to capture views
  • Influences of many cultures
  • Incorporation of steel and other materials
  • Use of flat sloping roofs
  • High (clerestory) windows to let in natural light
Laurette Chateau Concept

French Country Style
Log and Timber Homes

The iconic elements of a traditional French Country style home can be incorporated into your mountain style design to create a signature home. These French Country designs are reminiscent of mountain chalets, where you might return home from a day on the slopes, curl up next to the stone fireplace and watch the snow gently fall outside. Kitchens are central gathering points where friends and family convene to share a glass of wine and cook together. How can we design your ideal French Country log home?

French Country Style Characteristics

  • Window shutters
  • Divided light, double-hung at windows
  • Small windows
  • Emphasis on hipped roofs
  • Narrow overhangs
  • Stone accents
  • Steeper roof pitches
  • Courtyard entries with low walls
  • Elliptical or arched windows and dormers
  • Asymmetrical swept roof lines (particularly at entry)
Big Sky Concept

Western Log & Timber Style Homes

PrecisionCraft first coined the term "Western Log and Timber" over 15 years ago, as a way to describe our most distinctive log and timber homes. Born from the classic log cabin style, these homes go beyond average expectations and stand out amongst the landscape. Combining authentic log and timber construction with an abundance of glass, stone and metal accents, these rustic gems are in a class of their own.

Western Log & Timber Style Characteristics

  • Large-scale elements
  • Heavy use of stone
  • Abundance of large windows
  • Lofts and walk-out basements
  • Sprawling over the landscape
  • Incorporated prows
  • Expansive decks and patios
  • Handcrafted logs or log elements
  • Large, massive fireplaces
  • Thick roof systems and fascia
  • Preference toward larger, single members for structural elements
  • Casement windows for unobstructed views
Ticonderoga Concept

Adirondack Style Log and Timber Homes

For nearly 150 years, North-easterners have been escaping cities for the tranquility and beauty of the Adirondack mountains. Wealthy 19th century families were some of the most prominent visitors to the "great camps" and were a large influence in the creation of an architectural style that would be forever associated with their location. Adirondack designs display a deep connection to their environment, utilizing native materials as claddings and decoration. From railings to chairs and the knobs on cabinet doors, the rustic nature of these classic Adirondack cabins continues to inspire new construction today.

Adirondack Style Characteristics

  • Expansive covered and screen porches
  • Long overhangs
  • Lower pitch roofs
  • Multiple roofs and floor levels
  • Stone foundations
  • Use of gable and shed dormers
  • Thin or no fascia
  • Design elements at human scale
  • Design is asymmetrical and rambling
  • Rustic detailing, such as twig railing
  • Porches and modified hips at lower pitches