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Modern Timber Frame Mountain Homes

We spend more time in our homes than almost any other place. At Logangate Timber Homes, we believe that modern mountain homes should be more than just a place to live, it’s a place to make a statement. Living in the mountains is a luxury experience and getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life is beneficial in many ways. Whether you’re looking for a vacation home, investment home, or a forever home, you can’t go wrong with the tranquility and rustic beauty of modern mountain homes by Logangate. Our timber frame cabin kits allow for expansive vaulted rooms with the warmth of douglas fir timbers. Most timber companies use lesser pine or similar tongue and groove but Logangate ups it one more by providing 2×6 Douglas Fir tongue and groove. Thus all of our mountain home plans’ ceilings are designed entirely with Douglas fir to create a dramatic and beautiful environment. Douglas Fir is not only beautiful, but it is also the strongest softwood available. Logangate Timber Frame Mountain Homes are built with strength, beauty, and durability in mind.

Cantilevered Home

Cantilevered Home

Sloped terrains can be challenging to build on, but not for Logangate’s modern mountain homes. The pedestal home by Logangate Timber Homes has the unique ability to cantilever 10-12 feet in all four directions. Steeply sloped lots are now buildable because the pedestal home requires only a small foundational footprint. Less foundation, especially on a steep lot, means dramatic cost savings on your foundation and final timber home build. Not only do you get a uniquely designed Cantilevered Home but timber frame mountain homes offer a living experience that is unlike any other. At Logangate, we offer Classic and Contemporary Pedestal homes, timber frame mountain homes, and many other mountain home plans to accommodate anyone’s style and taste as well as offer a wide range of plans with different square foot parameters.
Post & Beam Cabins

Post & Beam Cabins

Our Post and Beam style utilizes a post in the wall that supports the Douglas Fir rafter coming down on that point load. Our rafters are 4’ on center thus we typically grow or shrink the floor plans in 4’ increments. We also offer a fully exposed loft floor system using the same Douglas Fir that you would see in the ceiling. Capturing your views is most critical. Our Timber Frame Kit designs do just that. True Timber Home designs do not have attics therefore our clerestories are just that, clear and open which allows us to design glass all the way to the ceiling.
PreFab Timber Frame Home Kit

PreFab Timber Frame Home Kit

Logangate Timber Frame Mountain Homes are a Hybrid Timber Home company. We stick build the walls and pre-install the windows all in our plant, that process is called panelization. With our table jigs, we are able to build the walls with much tighter tolerances than if they were built in the field. We pre-cut and sand all the timbers and pull all the material you would need to dry in your new home. You can say Timber Frame Kit Home or Prefab Timber Frame Kit Home, but the technical term is Panelized Post and Beam Home. That is what we do.
Stay on Time and on Budget

Stay on Time and on Budget

With Logangate Timber Frame Mountain Homes, your package or kit costs are known upfront and will not change. No onsite delays with a Panelized prefab timber frame kit. Delivered on time and erected in days not months. Quick erection time eliminates unwanted exposure to the elements, little to no wasted materials, and less chance of theft. Just a better way to build.
Quality is our Signature

Quality is our Signature

For over 50 years we have been providing the highest quality Post and Beam homes delivered throughout the country. We have stood the test of time with hard work, excellent service, and providing an exceptional home with exceedingly high value. The proof is in the quality of every Logangate home and customer satisfaction is an added bonus. Browse Logangate’s modern mountain homes and get started on your journey to your perfect home today!

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Our Guide to Modern Mountain Home Designs

When you think of mountain home architecture, what usually comes to mind? Most people envision breathtaking and majestic mountain scenery with trees stretching high, playful wildlife teeming around you, and fresh air to soothe the busy city soul. For many, this is the perfect place to call home… most of the time.

House Method conducted a survey and found that the average median home age in the US is 63 years old. If you’ve ever visited or driven past a mountainous state in the US, you might have noticed that some homes have fallen into disrepair, are sorely outdated, or have problems with utility lines. While these 63-year-old homes might feel young at heart, time inevitably takes its toll. Fortunately for us, mountain home architecture and mountain modern home design have come a long way from sixty years ago! 

Let’s take a look at mountain modern home design foundation building practices, types of modern mountain home designs (post and beam vs timber frame), and common interior designs of mountain homes.

Lot Restrictions and Exterior Mountain Home Architecture

Like with all buildings, mountain modern home design begins with the foundation. Foundation designs center around the slope of the lot. Let’s quickly cover the pros and cons of traditional poured concrete, pier and beam foundations, and crawlspace stem walls in the use of mountainous/sloped homes.

Poured Concrete/Monolithic Slab

In mountain home architecture, using poured concrete to make a large foundation slab is not exactly ideal. This type of foundation is typically used for buildings on flat ground. If this method is used on a slope, it would require builders to cut out the natural slope, level the site, install an expensive retaining wall, and then create an unnaturally steep driveway. 

There are several disadvantages to this style of building on a mountainous slope: this building style typically causes rainwater to fall into the siding of the home, limits the view from the curbside, and does not make good use of the naturally occurring slope. Furthermore, the cost of the extra material for the concrete slab foundation can quickly drain the budget for any home build project. 

Pier and Beam

The second method of approach to mountain modern home design is the pier and beam foundation. These homes are actually typically found in oceanfront homes and use stilts to lift the structure to a level position high enough to be safe from the rising tide. In modern mountain home designs, this style of foundation can help alleviate some of the problems created by flat building techniques, many homeowners are turned away by the long stilts and higher insurance premiums.

Stem Walls and Crawlspaces

Stem walls are often used for sloped lots, they are more durable than monolithic slabs and can be built to different heights, depending on the site’s needs. Most stem walls are created using cinderblocks, concrete, and metal rebar reinforcements and can cost more due to the extra time and materials needed.

Most modern mountain home designs actually use a combination of foundation styles and use cantilever house designs in mountainous areas because the design allows for smaller foundations. Having a smaller foundation can mean that the homeowner ends up saving a significant amount of money in their budget. Cantilever homes also allow for more patio space to accentuate the open mountainous views of the terrain.

The combination use of stem wall and pier & beam foundations can further stabilize the house structure and are sometimes seen in modern pedestal homes. Modern architects also sometimes use stone accents on the foundation to hide cinderblocks and create a rugged and luxurious look to the home.

Post and Beam vs Timber Framing

To the uninitiated, the nuances of post and beam construction and timber frame construction are minimal; the two construction styles are very similar but can be vastly different in terms of overall look, cost, and charm. The similarities lie in the framing of the home. Because the weight of the home is carried in the frames, load-bearing walls aren’t necessary and allow for large interior spaces and high ceilings. Both styles are known for their long-lasting durability and the natural beauty of the exposed beams.

The key difference between the two styles is how the connections are made in the frame. Post and beam homes are connected using metal connections to join the frame together. Because of this, post and beam homes typically require less complex engineering and non-precision construction. This style of framing means that the construction is slightly more efficient and simple than timber framing.

Timber frame homes are, on average, more expensive than post and beam homes because timber frame homes require more precision and craftsmanship to make the joints fit together. Precision milling machines with computer-assisted laser guidance and expert construction are required to make a timber frame home.

Common Interior of Modern Mountain Home Designs

So far, we’ve covered general mountain home architecture of foundations, common exteriors to mountain modern home design, and post and beam versus timber frame homes. The interior design of your dream mountain home is usually customizable to your specific wants and needs. Depending on the location of your home, there are some factors to consider when choosing the interior layout.

Mudrooms and foyers are important for locations with a lot of snow, these rooms are often overlooked when individuals design their own homes. Homeowners who are new to snowy areas might be unprepared for the mess that wet and snowy boots can track into the home.

Another feature to consider for your modern mountain home designs is the sizes of your windows. Depending on your budget, having large windows can be a game-changer to the feel of the home. Large windows bring natural sunlight into the home and provide a greater view of the beautiful natural landscape.

When in Doubt, Talk to a Professional

Let’s face it, you’re probably not a master-level architect that is knowledgeable about every facet of modern mountain home designs. Traditional home buying is difficult and stressful enough without having to consider variables that you’re not familiar with or ready for. Luckily for you, Logangate Timber Homes has been building modern panelized post and beam mountain homes for over 50 years. Start your journey to your dream mountain home today and check out Logangate today!

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Our Top Picks For Modern Timber Cabin Designs

Our Top Picks For Modern Timber Cabin Designs

Are you sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Can you no longer deal with the noise pollution of busy roads and freeways that somehow reach your living space?

If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners and prospective home buyers want to feel less surrounded by the constant noisiness and pervasive grayness of modern life.

Getting away from the concrete jungle of cities and suburbs has many advantages, such as being conducive to living a longer life. Plus, living in more natural surroundings is said to bolster creativity and inner peace.

But there remains the matter of finding the right home. While you might have a thirst for living in a more outdoor setting, you’ve likely grown up with modern, indoor comforts. As such, you need to find the best possible modern timber cabin designs that can mesh your contemporary expectations with your desire to be in touch with nature.

Read on as we make our suggestions for the top modern timber cabin designs you should consider:

Pick #1: Modern Post and Beam Homes

We’re well into “the future,” where digital environments have steamrolled over brick and mortar. This shift has left many prospective homebuyers with an urge to get in touch with their more nature-based roots. After all, contemporary homes reflect this shift to digitization, seemingly built as enormous electrical outlets waiting to be plugged in.

Enter our Modern Post and Beam homes that blend the sleek modernity of contemporary architecture with a frame structure fit for old-world living.

These homes are characterized by the usage of clean lines and the artful implementation of glass that attracts light in droves. Then there’s the signature structural steel cantilever, maximizing every inch of space in your timber cabin, walking the delicate tightrope where form meets function.

The uniting philosophy of these homes is to integrate quality materials with natural habitats. That means offering you the comforts of current-day living with the many benefits of being immersed in the outdoors. Sure, you can remain connected to the present and all its technology. But you can simultaneously feel in touch with the elements that make you feel whole.

Volume is one of the standout features of Modern Post and Beam Homes. Sky-high timbers characterize this ample volume, a signature element of our expertly designed houses.

Furthermore, there are no attics in these homes. Instead, vaulted ceilings reach the roofs.

Another standout element in the Modern Post and Beam Homes is the authentic 4×8 Douglas-fir timbers and 2×6 Douglas-fir tongue and groove material. Once more, we have a prime example of form-meets-function. The wood is as gorgeous and eye-catching as it is structurally robust.

An advantage of the wood, beyond its reliability as a building material, is the warmth it radiates. When surrounded by our timbers, the intimate mood is unrivaled, offering a sense of sanctuary to residents.

Learn more about the Modern Post and Beam Timber Frame Cabin Designs by clicking here.

Pick #2: Pedestal Timber Homes

Prospective homebuyers looking at steep sloping lots should strongly consider looking at Pedestal Timber Homes. That is if you want your pick of well-sized modern timber cabin designs.

For one, Pedestal Timber Homes allow you to enjoy a spacious abode without you forking out the exponential funds associated with larger foundations. How does the math work? Because these unique timber cabins are designed to cantilever 10 feet on all ends of the compass.

The financial toll reduced by smaller foundations of Pedestal Timber Homes is equaled by their minimized environmental footprint.

While the benefit discussed above presents many big-picture advantages, it also impacts the environment surrounding your house. Specifically, a cabin with a smaller footprint means minimal site disturbance and reduced soil erosion, which is pivotal to building on steep lots.

What else makes Logangate’s Pedestal-based Modern Timber Cabin designs so ideal for prospective homebuyers wanting to immerse their daily life in the wilderness?

Even counties with rigid restrictions on homes built on steep slopes welcome these designs. Better yet, since we tuck the foundation beneath the house, more trees can surround your property than traditional lots.

Our Pedestal Timber Homes maximize space so expertly they can be built up to 3,600-square feet (though you can have them built as little as 1,000-square feet if you’d prefer small timber frame cabin designs).

There’s also the plethora of windows that expertly leverage sunlight to ensure you enjoy all the related Vitamin-D-infused benefits.

Learn more about Logangate’s Pedestal Timber Homes by clicking here.

Pick #3: Chalet Style Homes

Standing out most about Logangate’s prefab Chalet Style Homes is the Swiss Alps Architecture that will make you feel like you’re living in a luxury ski lodge.

This design aesthetic is highlighted by these two incredible features:

● Steep sloping roofs with extended overhangs
● A prow front (meaning, the front of your home resembles the front of a ship)

The trademark overhangs in our Chalet Style Homes are customizable. On the eaves, they can be 1 to 2 feet. And they can be up to 4 ft. on the ends of your home.

Our Chalet-Style overhangs reflect a common theme in all our home designs: form meeting function. They’re stylish and sleek, pleasing the eye of even the most visually inclined homebuyer. But they also stave off rain, snow, and wind, protecting your home from potential damage.

Now, onto the Prow front–the pinnacle feature of our Chalet Style Homes, located at the gable end in the living room and often pointed at the view. Additionally, the wall’s center section sticks out 4 feet at the midpoint.

We often place 8-foot-wide doors and 5 pieces of fixed glass above each door at both midpoint’s sides. This design method allows us to install 2-to-8-foot-wide doors and 10 pieces of fixed glass on the view-side of the Chalet Style Home. As such, you’ll get to enjoy gorgeous visuals of your natural surroundings to their fullest extent.

Learn more about Logangate’s Chalet Timber Homes by clicking here.

Want more information about Logangate’s modern timber cabin designs? Then contact us today. We look forward to being part of your homebuying journey!

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The Top Four Modern Mountain Cabin Designs

Owning a cabin in the mountains and being at one with nature has an array of benefits. For one, living in this elevated state enhances your quality of life, improving both your mental health and physical health.

Provided you’ve made the decision to either purchase a vacation home or permanent residence in the mountains, there’s plenty to be excited about.

But you’ll want to ensure your home is designed to maximize the environment you’ll be living in. Fortunately, this article will highlight four of the top cabin designs for you to consider.

 

Top Modern Mountain Cabin Designs #1: Post and Beam Homes

Modern post and beam home designs incorporate interior and exterior spaces into the surrounding mountain environment. This technique ensures the structure blends with the terrains, textures, and colors in the area, nestling you in the natural, rustic beauty.

Another standout characteristic in these designs is the towering timbers, offering warm, rustic vibes.

There are also no attics, meaning the ceilings are vaulted all the way to the roof, offering an open, freeing, and spacious feeling. 

These home designs use authentic 4×8 douglas fir timbers and 2×6 douglas fir tongue and groove material. Together, the materials provide structural function and aesthetic form. The woody tones are pleasing to the eye and also help enhance focus and creativity.

Furthermore, post and beam homes at Logangate are a top modern cabin design because of the versatility offered in our kits.

For example, you can either put drywall or something else (potentially more “outdoorsy”) on the walls. The studs are exposed to the inside when the homes are built, giving you nothing but choices. 

Find out more about Logangate’s post and beam homes designs by clicking here.

 

Top Modern Mountain Cabin Designs #2: Pedestal Timber Homes

Learning about modern cabin designs isn’t as complicated as it might seem at first.

One general rule is that sloping, steep lots need small foundations, but that doesn’t need to impact the home’s overall size. That notion is crystal clear when purchasing a pedestal timber home, namely when it’s built with Logangate’s sure hands.

Perfected in 1978, the pedestal timber home cantilevers at 10 ft in all four directions off a small foundation. 

While a smaller foundation cuts down costs, the vertical pedestal layout adds to the overall square footage. 

To the above points, these homes go all the way up to 3,600 square ft at Logangate, starting at 1,000 square ft. 

Most crucial to the design, and a signature in our homes, is the volume of Douglas Fir in the ceilings. The warmth and coziness are an ideal contrast to all the vertical space and openness within Logangate’s pedestal timber homes. 

An abundance of Energy Star certified windows provides plenty of natural light, enveloping you in the outdoors even when you’re inside. 

Better yet, there’s the possibility of having Passive Solar designs, which restrict heat in the summer and increase the temperature come winter. 

Pedestal timber homes can be built on flood plains and steep slopes, helping your home blend in no matter the terrain. 

 

Top Modern Mountain Cabin Designs #3: Chalet Style Homes

What makes chalet-style homes one of our favorite modern cabin designs? It’s their most standout feature: the Prow front. 

At the gable end in the living room, typically, the Prow is pointed towards the view. At 4’ at the midpoint, the wall’s center section protrudes. Then, the midpoint of Logangate’s chalet-style homes usually has 8’ wide doors and 5 pieces of fixed glass above them. 

From there, the 2’-8’ wide doors and 10 pieces of fixed glass on the view-side of this cabin help you enjoy the spectacular mountain vista.

Also, our chalet-style homes are influenced hugely by classic Swiss Alps architecture. Speaking to those influences is the sloping roof with long overhangs at the eaves.

We’ll then note that our overhangs add functionality as much as architectural flair, protecting the cabin from snow, wind, and rain. 

 

Top Modern Mountain Cabin Designs #4: Modern Timber Frame Cabins

A standout feature of modern timber frame cabins is the fully exposed loft floor system. 

These homes highlight the beautiful Douglas Fir in the ceiling using the same 4×8 timbers as your floor joist. They also use the same 2×6 fir tongue and groove as your flooring. You’ll always feel submerged in natural beauty inside Logangate’s timber frame cabins.

Furthermore, the upstairs bedrooms add to the sense of openness because they’re fully vaulted. And the living rooms, as clerestory spaces, generally offer 20’ plus heights at their peak.

Like all our homes, our modern timber frame cabins make you feel like you’re at one with the terrains, wildlife, and plant life while you’re safely tucked away indoors. 


Are you interested in Logangate’s high-quality, eco-friendly home designs? Then contact us today to find out more about what we can bring to your mountain cabin.

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Logangate Timber Homes is custom home builder in Asheville, North Carolina, specializing in building beautiful Modern Post & Beam Homes, Pedestal Timber Homes, Chalet Timber Homes, and Timber Frame Cabins. We have over 50 years of experience building panelized Timber Frame Homes that can be found all over the nation and are particularly popular in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. We are dedicated to designing beautifully crafted affordable Timber Frame Homes.

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