Top Architectural Ideas in Mountain Homes


In the past 10 or so years the evolution of mountain homes has grown significantly. Mountain homes used to be cabins or log houses, or at least thats what people would assume when they were going on vacation up in the mountains. No a days mountain homes are sprawling, beautifully designed, architectural masterpieces. I have seen a fair amount of changes personally and noticed specific changes that new clients in the housing market. Cabins and lodges are no longer a place off the grid but instead a luxurious retreat away from the bustling city. Below you will find some of the most requested pieces that homeowners are starting to require.

Indoor-Outdoor Living:

When you’re up in the mountains you have the opportunity to take in all the scenic views you can find. A large percentage of new modern mountain homes include both indoor areas of comfort while providing outdoor space to move around comfortably. There is usually a simple divider the easily access the indoors or outdoors seamlessly. Imagine the ease of walking into a hot tub and being surrounded by heat lamps while viewing your favorite television show and surround sound completing the experience.

Massive Window Walls:

There has been a huge demand for floor-to-ceiling windows separating the outdoors from the comforts of the interior. The massive windows provide beautiful views while also cleaning up the interior without having extra walls or shelves to collect dust. More often than not the windows are thick, stable, and have strong roof overhangs to shade the interior from the summer sun.

Cleanly Detailed Natural Materials:

When designing the interior of mountain homes it’s important to design around the natural decor and ambiance. I highly recommend using natural materials that compliment the rugged nature of the outdoors. Using natural wood indigenous to the area and locally mined stone will make your home pop and be an integral part of the mountain community.

New York’s Skyscraper, Park Infusion

Architecture is so interesting for many reasons but one in particular is the ability to change the landscape of an entire city and push architecture to its limits. Ever since the dawn of architecture people have been trying new and interesting things that were ahead of their time or erecting reminiscent structures from the ancient past. Architecture is extremely dynamic and its up to the architect to test the boundaries of what they thought was possible to what else can be constructed.


All that being said, there are now plans to once again revolutionize modern day architecture. In the heart of New York City, a new skinny skyscraper that will feature 3 living and breathing parks is set for construction in the near future. The building will be residential and will reach 700 feet high. Its location is set for 12 East 37th Street.

The building will offer residents such amenities as a fitness area, infinity pool, and private yoga studio. The design director Robert Goodwin says, “You’re never really four or five floors away from a common space.” There are 65 apartments set to be added to the new structure that will range from 400sq. foot studio apartments to 1,800sq. foot floor throughs.

Due to specific New York City zoning rule the building will be quite skinny thus minimizing the footprint on the city. With the building being so thin there are virtually unlimited height restrictions. Since the building will be rather tall the parks will have 33-foot-high areas.


One of the major complications with tall, skinny buildings is providing the structure with an efficient support structure to assist in controlling the building with heavy winds or other acts of nature. To maximize inside space in the new building the designers have moved the structural system to the exterior and are set to arrange a steel grid with a  concrete one as extra support. The benefit of this method gives developers more flexibility in laying out units and reduces the elevator core thickness by about 50%.

Personally I cant wait to see the new building go up and watch New York City change again. Truly groundbreaking when it comes to modern architecture.