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Designing a Mountain Home

Our collection of Mountain House Plans comes in all shapes, sizes and styles so you can build your dream home. If you're looking for a cozy vacation cabin or cottage or a year-round rustic mountain estate, you have come to the right place. Direct from the Designers offers one of the largest collections of mountain house plans, which are designed to take advantage of beautiful mountain and waterfront views.

Mountain homes are traditionally built from log or timber frames but stonework, board and batten and shake are all popular materials used in designing mountain homes to combine rustic and contemporary styles.

A well-designed mountain house plan offers views from all the main living areas in the home, particularly the great room, dining and kitchen areas where you'll find large windows and patio doors facing the beautiful mountain views. The kitchen cabinetry is typically made of knotty pine, birch, hickory or alder in warm, rich shades of brown, red, green and yellow. And if space allows, you'll appreciate having an island.

high ceilings featuring rustic log and timber beams and millwork   cabinetry is the perfect addition to any rustic kitchen design

 
The Pioneer Hickory Collection by Aristokraft® Cabinetry is the perfect addition to any rustic kitchen design. For an even more rustic appeal check out the Dryden Rustic Birch Collection, shown to the right.
 

Inside look for high ceilings featuring rustic log and timber beams and millwork. No mountain home is complete without a fireplace, which is typically designed in a stone surround.

warm and inviting vacation home   perfect for any season with its abundance of windows

 
This warm and inviting vacation home is perfect for any season with its abundance of windows, ample sized kitchen with island seating, open living room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace and a covered porch.
 

Another common design element in a mountain house plan is a large porch, particularly covered porches to inspire homeowners to spend time outdoors. Decks and screened porches are also a very popular addition to mountain homes that are being built near on or near a lake.

Make use of house plans that have a terrace level for additional bedrooms or a media/entertainment room. Having this additional space is a great way to create a fun and relaxing space away from the main living area. It's especially practical if you have children or overnight guests.

custom lakeside mountain house plan   custom lakeside mountain home plan

 
This custom lakeside mountain house plan packs in every amenity for just under 2,000 square feet. The open floor plan makes it easy to entertain guests with a large two-story great room and stone fireplace, L-shaped kitchen with island and dining room that opens to the outdoor dining room, which is part of a covered wraparound porch. Upstairs the two bedrooms each enjoy their own private balcony to take in the beautiful views.
 

As you begin your search for the perfect mountain house plan, you'll want to look for a plan that has adequate space for sleeping, enough bathrooms and a well-designed kitchen area so you can cook, eat and gather. Since most designs focus heavily on the great room, you'll need to pay close attention to the room dimensions for the rest of the home. Your house plan doesn't need to be large, just well designed. Selecting a plan with plenty of outdoor living spaces and a basement can easily double the living space of your home.

Having a basement is a great way to keep the cost of building your home down and you'll benefit from the added living space. Even if you don't think you'll need it now, selecting a house plan with a basement option allows for future expansion.

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