Modern design’s clean lines and minimalist décor serve to enhance the structure of a log or timber frame home. Each of the great rooms shown here has a distinct personality and style, and the natural elements such as reclaimed wood and stone are the centerpieces of each space. The balance between rustic and modern can be adjusted to meet your personal taste.

Photo by Heidi Long

Photo by Karl Neumann

Williams Partners Architects/photo by Roger Wade Studio

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Like traditional log and timber frame homes, modern rustic structures are designed to fit seamlessly into their environments. Rustic elements such as logs, wood siding, and stonework take on a more streamlined appearance in a contemporary home. Windows are an essential part of any home and modern design provides an opportunity to use even larger widows in various shapes. Each of these rustic homes has multiple spectacular views. The architects who designed these homes were inspired to create unique structures. The home shown at left has the characteristics of a Japanese pagoda, from the shape of its roof to the doors and windows on all sides, but it fits perfectly in its mountaintop setting.

Ward + Blake Architects/photo by Roger Wade Studio

CTA Architects/Stewart Construction/photo by Karl Neumann

Marmol Radziner + Associates/photo by Roger Wade Studio

Olson Kundig Architects/photo by Roger Wade Studio

Kitchen designers have been combining modern and rustic for a long while. Modern appliances, especially the currently popular stainless steel variety, work as well in a traditional kitchen as they do in a contemporary one. Various types of wood and stone bring in the rustic elements and keep the kitchen warm and welcoming. Color is kept to a minimum in most of these rooms but they are flooded with light from large windows in the great room area.

Photo courtesy of Timber Block

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Teton Heritage Builders/photo by Karl Neumann

Pioneer Log Systems/photo by Roger Wade Studio

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