Mountain Modern Style
THE LOOK: Contemporary cool tempered by organic warmth. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS: Flat or shallow-pitched roofs and clean lines rule in this style. Exterior materials may be mixed, but typically present a clean look. Watch for strong geometric shapes, sharp angles and often, structural members of the home left exposed.
Organic elements, like wood, stone and textured concrete, help mountain modern homes avoid a cold, institutional feel. WINDOWS AND DOORS: Windows in mountain modern style tend to be uninterrupted by divisions. Look for oversized panes, which are well-suited for capturing towering mountain views. In an area with many overcast days, windows become vital for bringing light indoors. Open floor plans lure daylight deep inside.
Doors tend to be slab style and uncluttered by decoration. This home style often includes sliding window doors to open the indoor spaces to the outside. INTERIOR: Mountain modern homes are streamlined and often warmed up by distinctive wood tones, such as salvaged wood beams or barnwood wall treatments. Metal elements, like railings or furnishings, add industrial interest. SAGE ADVICE: Flat roofs and heavy snow loads don’t mix; so steer clear of flat roofs in snow country. If your climate is rainy, pay special attention to designing efficient gutters and downspouts or rain chains for your cabin.