Mountain Modern Architecture

February 22, 2021

When people imagine a home in the mountains, many see bear rugs and deer heads. That romanticized image might make for the perfect weekend getaway, but rustic homes don’t generally work for real life.

Enter the trend of Mountain Modern. It’s architecture that pays homage to mountain life, respects the land and wildlife, but provides up-to-date creature comforts.

Based on an article from, here’s how you can define Mountain Modern.

1. A Unique Exterior

Look for sharp, modern edges and homes that take the landscape into consideration. Adopting the energy efficiency of more modern spaces, architects can create homes that are still rustic, but much more efficient.

2. Uncluttered Layout

Mountain Modern style is all about clean lines and an uncluttered interior. With open layouts and tall ceilings, the style is about sweeping views and a totally relaxing vibe.

3. Windows and Light

One of the most important features of a Mountain Modern home is light. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows that frame nature as the home’s most important feature.

4. Texture Over Color

From smooth glass to rough stone, chunky woodwork and textured concrete, the building materials become part of the decor. Neutral colors allow the textures to shine.

5. Local Sourcing

What might seem like a simple build is often carefully planned to include local sourcing and reclaimed materials. Local sourcing respects the land and helps the home blend better with its natural surroundings.

6. Indoor/Outdoor Living

From built-in hot tubs to native landscaping, it’s all about reaping the benefits of a mountain escape.

7. Low Maintenance Design

Expect to see simple design that takes the weather, precipitation and even wildlife into consideration. Utilizing local stone and native plants means you can spend less time maintaining your home and more time enjoying it.

Mountain Modern might be one of the newest trends in architecture, but it also might be one of the most sustainable. Whether planning a mountain retreat or simply looking for a charming design for city life, Mountain Modern homes bring the best of both worlds. By respecting nature and keeping a laid-back attitude toward design, it’s an architectural style that makes any home feel like a relaxing retreat.

To discuss how these trends might impact your plans, give us a call.

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