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The appeal of living in the mountains, its slower pace and a chance to connect with the outdoors, inspires many people. When looking at homes in this area, you notice many similarities in the styles of architecture used. The rugged landscape of the mountains requires certain things from a building. The materials must be readily available because transportation to higher altitudes is a concern. Also there are some basic structural issues to consider. For example, due to the heavy snow fall a flat roof is not ideal. These concerns are seen in the different styles of mountain homes touched on below.
This style is perfect for areas with heavy snow due to the steep angle of its roof. Strict adherents to this style were built for a twenty year period from the 1950s through the 1970s. The interior has a large living space and kitchen on the first floor and loft style bedrooms on the second. Today you find it is combined with other styles like the Colorado timber frame, increasing the interior space while retaining its distinct style.
The picture of a snow covered log cabin tucked away in the mountains is what many people envision when thinking of a mountain home. Whether made from logs or clapboard, they are a perfect house for the climate found in the mountains. They are rugged looking while having the modern comforts of more traditional styles. The exteriors often have covered front porches, balconies or decks allowing you to enjoy the outdoors. The interiors have a large living area with bedrooms situated off of it.
Owing much of their design elements to structures found in the European Alps, chalet style homes are a more elegant style of a mountain home. You can see elements of the A-frame and cabin style in the American versions of this style. The exteriors have exposed beams, cedar siding, arched eaves and porches or decks. There is a refined elegance to the interiors of these houses with large open areas and bedrooms off a main hall on the second floor. They are constructed using wood and stone from the mountains that surround them.
Borrowing many of its design elements from the craftsman and prairie styles, much of the new construction outside cities like Denver employs this style. The use of eco-friendly building materials available in the immediate area is one of the reasons for this style growing in popularity. Another is the use of the prairie styles emphasis on clean horizontal lines and open spaces. These types of floor plans and the inclusion of large windows are important to people who spend considerable portions of the year indoors.
Mountain style homes are chiefly found in the mountains of the western United States from Colorado to Utah. The styles chose to utilize the natural materials available like stone and wood, while offering the comforts of modern life. These materials also allow for an organic feeling to the home. They appear to be a natural extension of the landscapes they occupy. You see many of the design elements of these styles overlap, but each retains its own charm and identifiable features.