Design Trend – Rustic is Back in a Big Way

We know uber modern homes have been the trendy architectural norm for the last decade and the style dominated mountain homes, or mountain modern projects, as well. Though mountain modern aesthetics still have their place, we’ve been seeing the revival of rustic architectural details come back in some of our latest work.

Now when rustic materials and features are being incorporated into mountain home design again, we are seeing it blend with additional styles, such as big windows, opening walls, lots of light and modern amenities to bring the style up to speed with modern trends. Take a look at our five rustic-blend projects below and let us know what you think of this trend revival.


River Ranch

Located along the Yampa river in Steamboat Springs, this traditional log style cabin needed a refresh that could bring it into modern times. The all-important heritage of the log style architecture was preserved but brought up to speed with new elements of stone and stain. The interior features a traditional rustic style with an emphasis on warm wood tones, large stone walls and custom hammered metal finishes. The fabrics and furniture make this space feel cozy while still incorporating fun and playful textures that nod to a western aesthetic.


New Zealand Rustic

Far away from home across the sea, custom architectural details such as the steel cross on the exterior give a lightness to this seemingly heavy big timber structure give a nod back to the origin of mountain inspiration in Colorado.. Situated on top of a hill that overlooks both a recreational reserve and a picturesque lake, two courtyards divide this project into multiple wings that gradually step up the grade of the site. A grand living room and kitchen capture views using floor-to-ceiling glass windows while remaining grounded from the use of natural stone and warm woods. A main suite is complemented by a serene pond and limitless views. A “bothy” as New Zealanders call it or a “mother in law” apartment in American terms stands as a staple portion of the house. Ultimately this residence offers a dichotomy to the New Zealand norm without sacrificing the landscape and views that make it so unique.


Steamboat Homestead

Inspiration from a historic standing barn led to the creation of an old-fashioned cabin that uses reclaimed wood, traditional stone and faux log chinking to create a unique vision of the past while highlighting modern features and finishes. Pass through a hearth room with a focal point fireplace and you’ll be greeted by a warm living room rich in texture and warmth. This ranch lacks nothing of cabin hospitality. Where the west meets the mountains, this ranch can be found standing the test of time with its charming cabin hospitality.


Timberframe Homestead

Inspired by the popular TV show “Yellowstone,” this home truly embodies a rustic cabin, but features all the modern amenities. Timber trusses and rafters give the home its rustic structure throughout, while Montana Mossrock walls and column bases provide a grounded feel.  Set in an aspen grove, the home’s design takes special care to preserve the trees and allow them to intermingle with outdoor courtyards.  A detached garage features guest quarters, a gym and in-ground pool and spa, creating the perfect outdoor playground for this local family of five.  The primary bedroom is given a key location on the main level while kids’ bedrooms are tucked upstairs within the gable roof forms. 


Catamount Mountain Farmhouse

Located within premiere Steamboat community Catamount Ranch and Club, this home blends mountain cabin and farmhouse design styles. Traditional mountain exposed timber trusses are combined with an updated, modern airy palette resulting in a signature design aesthetic. Main level living perfectly suits the homeowner’s day-to-day lifestyle and an eye-catching wrap-around porch grounds the home, creating a cozy outdoor spot for year-round use. An office above the garage forms the perfect work from home space while also featuring built in bunk beds for periodic guests.