Rustic Revisited - A Canmore Mountain Home

Sometimes a project presents itself that seems like a no brainer. But then you take a second look and the concept can be taken in an unexpected direction. We recently worked on this Canmore mountain home for a repeat client. Of course, the first idea was for a rustic mountain lodge – but that seemed too easy and really didn’t fit with the clients’ style.

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Our goal was to bring mountain rustic style up to date, and create a clean and contemporary mountain home, but respect the setting.

One major element that helped create this feeling was the ceiling beams. 25 years prior, the client and his father had cut down some trees on the family farm. They saved the lumber with the intention of building a house on the property. Unfortunately that house was never built, so these beams remained stored in a Quonset hut for over two decades. When it was time for the clients to build their mountain home, they knew those timbers needed to be used somehow. That bit of history really adds to the character of the home.


The timbers were all rough-hewn Douglas Fir, but we had the builder process them and plane them down to uniform sizes. Some were larger, but we used that size difference to an advantage to create depth and relief. All of the brackets were custom forged into a clean, modern shape. What could be a large expanse of drywall ceiling instead has warmth, character & history.

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The view is definitely the star of the show, but the copper range hood and leather finish granite counters hold their own. Rustic elements used in a clean, contemporary way bring the focus onto the nature of the material.

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Walnut slab cabinetry warms up the stainless steel and wrought iron.

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A nod to the old farm with a rolling ladder.          

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The Master ensuite is a private spa in the mountains. Lots of mirrors around the vanity reflect light. Natural materials and clean lines allow the landscape to be rustic and wild.

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Again, the view! Every window is a like a landscape painting framed in walnut. After all, what better model is there than Mother Nature?

Photography by Dustin Mifflin