Moun­tain Mod­ern Style

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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.

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