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.