Year in Review – Here are the Top Architecture Blog Posts of 2017

Over the holidays we all want to take time to celebrate and reflect on the year behind us, as we prepare for the year ahead. It’s been an exciting year for Stillwater Architecture, as we’ve been able to continue to deliver high quality service to our valued clients. We’ve enjoyed working on projects in Boulder, Bozeman, and Chicago, and sharing great tips, tricks, and tidbits through our blog here.

We thought it would be fun to do a “top posts” review as we end our year.

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Our 10 Most Popular Architecture Blog Posts of 2017

Five Elements of Modern Farmhouse Design

The modern farmhouse style of design is not just a look, it’s a feeling. It’s easy and casual, nothing overdone or excessive. Farmhouse style homes make wonderful and beautiful vacation homes. They combine the best of modern and old fashioned looks, and they work in all kinds of locations. Old farmhouses are easy to remodel for modern living, and farmhouse style homes can easily be built from the ground up, too. While there is no definitive guide as to what makes a house, farmhouse style, there are five distinct elements of the farmhouse design.

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The History of Craftsman Style Homes

The art and craft home, also referred to as the Craftsman home, is one of the most adored design styles of modern times. We wanted to explore the history of the craftsman style home and were surprised to find this design can be traced back a few hundred years. No matter how far back the history of craftsman style, it remains an attraction to many and a style loved by many.

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Our Favorite Rustic Mountain Home Designs

Through the years we’ve had the pleasure of completing some pretty amazing rustic mountain homes. Our clients have worked with us to create vacation homes that fit perfectly into the stunning backdrops of Montana, Colorado and Illinois.

While it’s hard to choose our favorites of all time, for this post, we’re highlighting some of our recent projects that really pop. Our collection of mountain home designs range in style and design to best fit the needs of our clients. From a rustic cabin experience amidst the wilderness, to a hybrid style home in the suburbs of Chicago … we hope you enjoy our favorite rustic mountain home designs.

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Modern Farmhouse Architecture – Flooring Ideas

What is it about a farmhouse that makes us feel all warm and comfortable? When we think about farmhouses, the first things that come to mind are a feeling of family togetherness, big rambling open spaces and rustic charm.

Do you want to recreate this farmhouse look at your current home? If yes, you’re probably searching for a modern interpretation of farmhouse style. We have plenty of flooring ideas to make your home scream ‘modern farmhouse’.

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Decorating Ideas for Your Craftsman Style Home

Houses constructed in the craftsman style became part of the American culture in the early years of the 20th century. The houses are truly different from the richly decorated Victorian mansions that existed in affluent areas in America. Most craftsman style homes are simple in nature and they are almost always at one with nature. Decorating a house of this style is as per individual taste, but mixing new and old decorative themes have a great effect.

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What Defines a Craftsman Style Home Design

Houses built in the craftsman style home design have a distinctive American feel. With rugged, distinct exteriors brimming with stylish options, the interior of these houses, or bungalows, feature an open layout to take advantage of smaller square footage. The versatility of the craftsman style home design makes it a great choice for couples or families looking for a lake home or rural retreat.

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Rustic Yet Refined – What Makes Great Timber Frame Home Designs

Wood is one of the most beautiful materials you can use in any construction project. It has been used since just about the dawn of human civilization as it is easy to use, strong, durable and often plentiful. However, you can’t just use any wood in your construction, and if you want to achieve a rustic yet refined look, you need to follow a few basic rules. If you’re considering the construction of a new rustic but refined rood home, you’ll be able to sit down with your residential architect and go over exactly what you’re looking for and what they recommend. However, there are a few basic timber frame home designs you should consider before moving forward with the project.

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Fabulous Farmhouse Design Ideas to Try

Enjoying renewed popularity, the traditional farmhouse design style has withstood the test of time. Some of the characteristics of farmhouse design are: functional, oversized porches that stretch around the home, a steeply pitched roof, sometimes accented by dormers and gables and unpretentious, straightforward and functional overall design. The farmhouse style is very versatile; therefore, you can play it in a few different ways.

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Five Elements of Modern Colorado Architecture

Most regions throughout the United States take on slightly different architectural features, typically based on natural surroundings. A modern home in Arizona has different characteristics than something in Florida or Maine. The same is true in Colorado. Colorado modern architecture brings about different elements a home owner may not find in other regions of the country. Due to this, understanding five different elements of modern Colorado architecture makes it possible to appreciate the styling more.

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Contemporary Vs Modern Home Design: What is the Difference?

The difference between modern home design and contemporary home design can be pretty confusing, especially since there is considerable overlap between the two, and in truth they do embrace some of the same aesthetics. In fact, the two terms are often used as synonyms in common home decorating jargon these days, even though each has at least a few of its own characteristics that make it an identifiable style.

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