A combination of stacked stone, bark siding, chinked logs and a tin roof bring a agedover-time look to this home by MossCreek. Mixing styles and materials gives homeowners the opportunity to create a house that’s truly one of a kind.
You love the classiness of timber structures. You’re attracted to the traditional look of logs. There’s some cool textured stone on your land that would be perfect as a fireplace or pillar footing. Barn wood siding would be nice for the mudroom. And you have your eye on some exotic hardwood for your flooring.
How can you possibly combine all these materials?
Your dream home might be a hybrid home — a custom wood home that combines a number of building materials and construction elements in the same structure, creating a home that’s far more than the sum of its many parts.
There are several names to this type of home, including mountain architecture, natural element, natural material and log-and-timber combo. Many companies offer this type of house as part of their repertoire and may call it something like a signature series.
Generally speaking, hybrid homes are those that incorporate a substantial amount of conventional stick-frame construction juxtaposed against more natural-looking materials, such as fulllog walls or log veneer, timber frame or stonework. The fact that hybrid homes do such a great job of combining different elements creates a wealth of wow factor — and raises the bar on your ability to customize and personalize your dream home.
The possibilities offered by hybrid home construction mean that people who might not have felt comfortable with any one single flavor of home design can venture into new architectural territory. Instead of a home that’s completely log or completely timber, you can create a structure that blends different looks and reflects its natural surroundings.
Aesthetically, a hybrid home with timber frame or log in only part of the house (perhaps on the exterior or in certain interior spaces) can give a lighter, more transitional feel. Plus, conventional construction in a hybrid home frees your design from some of the constraints of log or timber frame architecture. “You might love the look of a log home, but there are certain issues with a full-log home that you don’t have to have with a hybrid home,” says Erwin Loveland of Tennessee-based MossCreek Designs. “For instance, with a hybrid you can put very large windows into the home without worrying so much about whether the window is compromising the wall’s strength or how the logs will settle.”
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
The key to doing justice to all the elements in a hybrid home is using accent