Moun­tain Style

Cabin Living - - Good Design -

THE LOOK: Rustic, but re­fined, with rooflines that echo the moun­tain peaks. ES­SEN­TIAL EL­E­MENTS: Steep roof pitches help keep too much snow from pil­ing up. The roof on a moun­tain home looks heavy, too, in part be­cause it must of­fer a good deal of in­su­la­tion, and be­cause it must be strong enough to shoul­der heavy snow loads.

A home’s porches of­ten will have a shal­lower roof pitch to al­low for light and views in­side. WIN­DOWS AND DOORS: In moun­tain re­sort com­mu­ni­ties, the most val­ued com­mod­ity is the view. So, while small-paned win­dows look au­then­ti­cally old, you’ll want plenty of glass to see the moun­tains. Mix­ing small with big or group­ing small win­dows to­gether can work. Win­dows set high in the walls de­fine moun­tain style, too. IN­TE­RIOR: A moun­tain home’s floor plan can be for­mal or in­for­mal, but re­sort homes tend to be more open and ca­sual. One com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor is the hearth, which is typ­i­cally con­structed with stone. Whether you set the fire­place on an ex­te­rior wall or in the home’s cen­ter is your call. SAGE AD­VICE: When designing your cabin, think about where snow will slide off the roof, and keep en­try­ways clear of those ar­eas.

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