For generations, log and timber homes were family retreats, hunting cabins, and primary homes. Over time, the idea of mountain-style home has evolved, moving from relatively simple four-wall structures to more dynamic and complex structures. As a result, size, layout, and use of materials in log and timber homes has broadened.

Classic Log HomeSize

Traditionally, mountain-style homes were small, averaging around 1,000 square feet. Over time, people have developed different uses for their log and timber homes. As a result, the home sizes have increased. Where smaller structures held intimate gatherings of a few individuals, people now build larger homes where groups of friends and family can gather.


The small size and simplistic layouts of traditional log homes did not lend themselves to intricate floor plans. In fact, most only had spaces for necessary items like the kitchen or bathroom. Today, mountain-style homes can be multi-level structures. They have spaces specifically designed for use as mud rooms, libraries, game rooms, and even indoor pools or theaters. Consequently, the structure of log and timber homes has become quite complex and architecturally unique.

Timber Frame HomeMaterials

Historically, log homes were built only with logs and some rock for the chimney. Today, the selection of materials to build a mountain-style home ranges from log to timber, and anything in between. The available options for siding, roofing, rock, and glass is so varied that your custom log and timber home will be as unique as you.

Today, the term ‘mountain-style home’ invokes a wide range of imagery. It does not matter what size your home is when you are watching the sun go down over the distant mountains. Each mountain-style home still evokes the same feelings of contentment.

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