4 Common Elements Found in Mountain Modern Timber Frame Homes

When imagining a timber home, many will likely think of the classic post and beam design, with dramatic trusses overhead. However, modern timber frame homes diverge from this traditional design, taking a much more simplistic approach.  Mountain Modern is the architectural style that blends modern architectural forms like flat and shed roof lines & lots of glazing with natural materials found in the mountains like timber, wood & stone.  The details of how the materials are incorporated are also typically done with a more modern application.

Below are some of the most common elements of the modern timber frame homes you’ll find in the mountains.

Simple, Clean Lines

As mentioned, you won’t see traditional truss configurations or elaborate detailing in a modern timber frame home. What you might expect to find in a traditional timber frame like king post trusses, curved knee braces, chamfered corners, and decorative corbels is not the norm.

While still incredibly impressive structures, these homes will usually feature very straightforward wall and roof designs. Just like traditional timber frames, you can expect to see tall soaring ceilings but with flat or shed roof designs and very minimalistic detailing, if any.

Despite this minimalism, these modern timber frame homes are far from boring. If anything, their simple designs let you really focus on the natural and raw beauty of the building materials and the home’s surrounding area.

CO Timberframe mountain modern glazing

Lots of Glazing

A modern timber frame home wouldn’t be complete without pronounced floor to ceiling windows. They let in an abundance of natural light into the home, exposing the beauty from within. Sizeable windows naturally create the impression of a much bigger space, which works especially well for timber frame homes because of their open and airy layouts. Floor to ceiling windows will also provide unobstructed views of the beauty of your surrounding areas every single day.

Natural Finishes

Nothing is more beautiful than the natural wood used in modern timber frame homes. Each piece of timber is planed smooth to achieve a clean and attractive look, then typically finished with a clear coat to emphasize the organic wood tones and grain.

This goes without saying, but the smooth and natural finish means that there will be less color variance as opposed to a textured timber with a dark stain which can leave a more rusticated appearance.  This helps to create an amazing cohesive feel to the whole home and establishes a great color scheme for any future interior decorating.

Also, keeping the natural look of these timbers will make the house blend in seamlessly with the gorgeous surrounding area.

Steel Accents

Steel components such as plates, brackets, and tie rods can all be sometimes found within mountain modern style timber frames. The raw and relatively minimalistic appearance of steel creates a  sleek contrast with the natural warmth of the wood.

Incorporating steel components really make these timber frame homes stand out from their traditional designs and conform with modern aesthetics – yes, modern architecture is simple in nature, but the use of contrasting and bold materials gives it that contemporary edge.

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