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Mid Century Modern Timber Frame Homes

Mid century modern is a well-loved architectural style that feels equally retro and contemporary. Timber framing complements this popular home style because it can easily replicate the clean lines and sleek look that are central to the style. Timber craftsmanship can also introduce warm wood textures to the mid century look for a cozy, artistic space. With Riverbend Timber Framing, you can create a modern timber frame home with a timeless design aesthetic.

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Mid Century Modern Floor Plans

Riverbend’s mid century floor plans incorporate some of the most forward-thinking principles of modern design and combines them with the classic sophistication of a timber frame home. This combination provides owners with the best of both worlds. Each of the custom timber homes showcase design elements that seamlessly blend Riverbend’s timber framing with modern architectural styling. Exterior timber bents support extended roofs, while interior timbers help open shared spaces where light floods in from large windows.

You’ll see recurring elements throughout these designs, such as large windows and natural textures, like stone and wood facades. Despite these shared elements, each of our mid century floor plans has its own personality.

For example, the Mackinac floor plan is our smallest design at 1,780 square feet. With every room contained on one floor, this plan creates excellent flow from room to room. If you’re looking for a two-story option, Tacoma features a second story that also helps create stunning high ceilings on the first floor. A courtyard nestled between the garage and home offer a unique outdoor space in addition to the great room and loft space.

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Mid Century Design Characteristics

Riverbend’s mid century timber frame homes are inspired by the architectural stylings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and Joseph Eichler. In this distinctive home style, Riverbend Timber Framing blends our tradition of high-quality timber craftsmanship with the forward-thinking designs of modern architecture into a one of a kind modern timber home. The stunning result creates natural warmth and unique character that distinguishes your modern timber frame home from the rest.

Characteristics of the mid century home style include:

  • Signature modern timbers, often feature steel
  • Interplay between indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Flat or single-angle roofs
  • Oversized windows or large window walls
  • Energy-efficient designs
  • Hidden storage / cabinets for minimal spaces

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Modern Farmhouse Architecture

Barn and farmhouse styles take cues from mid century design with simple lines and open floor plans. From shabby chic to contemporary farmhouse, our modern farmhouse plans reflect this growing trend. Learn more about our modern farmhouse plans and homes.

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Modern Mountain Style Homes

Many of the homes being built in the mountains today, from the Appalachians to the Rockies, are infused with modern architectural elements. Shed or flat roofs, more simplistic timber framing and clean lines mix with rustic stones and metal accents to create unique modern mountain timber homes. Let Riverbend Timber Framing design your perfect mountain style home with a modern flair.

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Advantages of Mid Century Home Design

Mid century homes have a variety of benefits that make them a popular choice among many homeowners.

Timeless Design

Mid century modern design began in the 1950s in a post-war world where houses needed to be built quickly. While this style started as a way to save time, the angled lines and clean details became an architectural staple well into the 1970s. Despite being decades old, the mid century modern style has become a fundamental design that manages to feel contemporary even today.

A timeless design like mid century modern is a worthy investment because it will remain classic and stylish well into the future.

Versatile Styling

Mid century modern homes can be styled according to this historical era, or you can enjoy versatility when choosing your design elements. Your mid century timber frame home will have the clean lines and low-angle roofs of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. At the same time, you can exercise complete creative freedom in the space. Bring more industrial elements into your interior, or embrace the rustic details of modern farmhouses.

The versatile styling of your mid century home allows you to easily change up your space when you’re searching for a different feel.

Open Floor Plan

A hallmark feature of mid century homes is open floor plans that easily adapt to your lifestyle. These unrestricted layouts create a sense of flow between common areas like kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. This flow is ideal for entertaining guests and lets you be creative with the furniture layout and use of space.

Custom Modern Timber Frame Design Process

Riverbend Timber Framing has three options for designing your mid century modern home.

PerfectFit™ by Riverbend

PerfectFit™ by Riverbend allows you to choose a mid century style among our ready-to-build plans to save on design time. Our ready-to-build options are designed to fit smaller spaces to speed up the construction process, so you can live in your new home sooner. You also have the flexibility to make small changes to the floor plan to suit your lifestyle.

For more information on the PerfectFit™ by Riverbend process, sign up for one of our webinars.

Fully Custom

When you want to be involved in every step of your timber frame home, our custom design services allow you to provide input from the beginning. Work one-on-one with a Riverbend Timber Framing designer to create your floor plan based on inspiration photos and concepts you have in mind. You can also start with one of our existing floor plans and modify it to your liking.

Provide Your Plans

Our team can take over a project if you’ve already worked with another designer to create a floor plan. Your plans do not need to specify timber framing for our architects to bring the vision to life. We can use the overall architectural style of your plan to design a timber frame structure that closely matches the original concept.

Modern Timber Home Design Considerations

Mid-Century home designs often include large windows and walls of glass to highlight the beauty of nature, so we will work with you to orient the house to take advantage of the best views on your property. Heavy snow loads may affect the flat roof design found on many modern timber frame homes. Riverbend Timber Framing works with you to custom design your home to meet all your needs as well as any jurisdictional requirements. In fact, every home we design is stamped by a third-party engineer licensed for your build location.

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Contact Riverbend for Mid Century Timber Framing

A mid century home is a timeless, versatile style that works beautifully with timber framing. Riverbend Timber Framing collaborates with you to create a custom mid century home that reflects your lifestyle. Get in touch with us today to start designing.


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