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Master Mod­ern-Rus­tic De­sign

Timber Home Living - - Contents -

1. THINK LONG AND LEAN.

Ranch-style homes are back in a big way, but th­ese aren’t the flat, bor­ing de­signs of the 1950s & ’60s. Live in sin­gle-level style by in­cor­po­rat­ing an­gles into the de­sign. Be ad­ven­tur­ous and wrap the house around a cen­tral court­yard. Just make sure to sep­a­rate public and sleep­ing spa­ces for pri­vacy.

2. GO OLD SCHOOL.

Schools of de­sign, like Crafts­man, Adiron­dack and vin­tage farm­house are time­less and easy to achieve. The defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics they share in­clude large wel­com­ing front porches, gabled roofs, na­tive ma­te­ri­als (es­pe­cially weath­ered wood and nat­u­ral stone ac­cents), ex­posed wood trim and heavy timber trusses.

3. ADD ON (OR MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU DID).

Back in the day (as they say), adding on to a home of­ten meant the new struc­ture didn’t nec­es­sar­ily match the ex­ist­ing one. This was typ­i­cally done out of ne­ces­sity, but now it’s be­come a charm­ing de­sign tech­nique. Mix­ing a log-cabin style ad­di­tion to your timber home is a quin­tes­sen­tial op­tion, but it’s not the only one. You can cre­ate that homestead look with breeze­ways con­nect­ing de­tached garages or out­build­ings, vary­ing rooflines or switch­ing up ex­te­rior cladding, like plac­ing stone next to board-and-bat­ten.

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