Have you ever dreamed of relocating to the mountains, or have a retirement plan that includes a move to a quaint mountain town like Durango? You’re not alone as many young people are seeking out growing mountain towns to raise families closer to nature and outdoor activities. Perhaps you are a retiree or soon to be, and are longing to leave the chaos of the city to live out your golden years in a slower paced mountain town or rural mountain splendor!
If you fall into one of these categories, you are probably thinking about housing, or maybe you just have a love of mountain style home design, either way, you may want to test your mountain style. Many mountain homes have that rustic “bring the outdoors in” aesthetic to them, utilizing natural resources as structural and design elements. However, with the influx and diversity of homeowners moving to the mountains, custom home builders are redefining mountain style to accommodate everyone’s unique taste.
The traditional mountain home, also referred to as mountain rustic, has historically consisted of large/bulky dark stained woods, pine cabinets, limited windows for energy efficiency, heavy textures, and designed for comfort and protection from harsh winter weather. Recently, mountain rustic has grown up and redefined itself to accommodate differing design palates. An example of this style is illustrated in our Rustic Riverside home.
Today’s standard definition of a traditional mountain home is closely related to its original design, but offers many more choices of finish. These include multiple wood types, in many cases mixing different woods in the same room, more stone choices for fireplaces and exteriors, and lighter color choices.
Contemporary mountain style has similar features, but more clean and simple lines. Advanced technologies in glass have afforded plenty of passive solar to the mountain home with walls of windows, some even opening wide to the great outdoors extending the indoor living space to the outdoors in warmer weather. Synthetic stucco has become a popular exterior choice for its durability and simplicity, blending beautifully with wood beams/logs, and stone. Metal roofs replace old shake roofs for less ice damage, fire resistance, longevity, and graceful lines. Mono-slope roofs add drama and elegance to the contemporary mountain style. A great example of this style is seen in our Wingspread home.
What do you get when you merge traditional mountain rustic and contemporary mountain design? You give birth to a new paradigm in mountain home living, “transitional mountain design,” as seen in our Western Elegance home.
The Rockies and other Colorado mountain regions are growing in population, especially in Durango, and mountain home design is open to all the possibilities this growth is providing. So, what’s your mountain style?