Mountain Home Architecture

Ok well in the spirit of keeping it simple and the inspiration from a Memorial Day trip into the hills, I thought it would be a nice refresher to review the most popular types of mountain homes we see.

  1. Victorian- This doesn’t need much explaining but is still very present throughout many mountain towns due to it’s stamp on the time period that pushed many settlers into the mountains in search or gold and silver. They are remnants of the 1850’s and are if they are still there they are usually in a premo location due to it’s age. Many of the Victorian’s in the resort type mountain towns have been restored and renovated to meet the current living standard.
  2. European Style Chalets- It goes without saying that many of the American ski towns modeled their villages and structures off of their more mature culture origin in Europe. This let to the Disneyland style look of many a ski town ie Vail.
  3. A-Frame- Classic, simple, sold design that was popular throughout the 50’s and 60’s due to it’s ease with construction. The A Frame will also stand the test of time and the harsh weight of deep winter snows.
  4. Geodesic Dome- Weird and very popular throughout the 60’s and 70’s for obvious reasons. You’d have to be stoned to think this is a good idea.
  5. Yurts- Versatile, easy to construct, easy to take down and move. Perfect for the outdoor adventurer. They are used frequently by skiers, hunters, hikers and outdoor travelers.
  6. Log Cabin- Far removed from it’s modest origins are the 3000+ square foot luxury log cabins that know litter the mountain landscape. Very popular since the 1990’s to present.
  7. Contemporary- With clean lines and inspiration from guys like Frank Loyd Wright to use glass, geometric shapes and concrete to create super cool chic looking homes. These most typically are built by the hip and happening uber wealthy sporting everything from indoor pools and spas to basketball courts and more.

Of coarse I have left some out and thats where you the smart and opinionated reader comes in. Let us know what you think.

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