A log cabin or mountain home conjures up images of a cozy retreat in a natural setting. A lot of people think of a warm fireplace and huge windows that overlook a wooded landscape or a snow-topped mountain.
The options are nearly endless when it comes to designing your log cabin, which can be very exciting for some and completely nerve-wracking for others. If that’s just giving you too many options, then take a look at these ideas to see which ones you like the most to incorporate into your mountain vacation home.
Lodge-inspired mountain home
When you think of a lodge, what do you think of first? Probably a nice cup of hot chocolate next to a huge, cozy fireplace. Capture that essence of coziness while providing a gathering space for your friends, family, and guests by thinking outside the living room.
Modern mountain homes are moving the fireplaces from inside to outside, with patio fireplaces that are as cozy as they are functional. These spaces can be connected to a gas starter to make it easy to start a fire, and they look great even when the fire is turned off. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day on the slopes or to have your morning cup of coffee while you take in the view and plan your next adventure. Add natural elements, like wooden chairs and plenty of green plants, to keep with the theme of a natural log cabin.
Let the Light in
While mountain homes have traditionally been dark (think wood paneling on all your walls), more modern mountain vacation homes are connecting more with nature by bringing in natural light sources. Take advantage of modern technology by installing entire walls of operable glass that can make you feel like you’re outside, even when you’re protected from the elements. As an added bonus, having natural light can make your entire vacation home more energy efficient, since you’ll rely less on electrical lighting sources to power your home.
Rooms with a view
One of the best things about a mountain home is the fantastic views. Whether your home is situated up high with a bird’s eye view, or down lower with a full mountain view, take advantage of the scenery around you with glass windows and thoughtfully situated balconies or patios. You can add radiators or heat lamps to your outdoor spaces to keep yourself and guests warm all year long, or you can stay warm inside with glass windows that make you feel like you’re still in nature.
Build a sustainable home
A lot of mountain homes have limited access to the grid, which means they have to rely on alternative energies like solar and wind power. Keep this in mind when you’re building your log cabin. Installing rooftop solar panels can be a worthwhile investment that helps you keep the lights on and keeps the environment clean at the same time.
The most popular design elements we’re seeing in modern mountain homes have to do with connecting the home itself with nature, whether that’s by including elements outdoors (like a fireplace), or letting the natural light and surroundings inside with full glass walls and windows. After all, what’s the point of being in the mountains if you can’t enjoy the view?
How will you design your mountain vacation home?