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Ma­te­rial gain

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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.”


The key to do­ing jus­tice to all the el­e­ments in a hy­brid home is us­ing ac­cent

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