6 Popular Architectural Styles for Homes & Commercial Buildings in Alaska
Alaska’s architecture is unlike any other, with a focus on creating structures that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings and reflect the unique northern lifestyle. From the traditional homes of Alaska Natives to the practical designs of Homestead Settlers, the diverse backgrounds of Alaskans have influenced the architecture of residential and commercial structures in the state.
At Falcon Alaska, we understand the importance of creating structures that complement their surroundings and reflect the unique lifestyle of the area. We specialize in designing and building custom homes and commercial buildings that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
To give you an idea of the different architectural styles found in Alaska, here’s a list of six popular styles in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley:
Traditional homes are warm and welcoming. They emphasize function while still leaving room for ornamentation. The traditional style can range from casual to formal, but the overarching goal is to create a comfortable, elegant interior that stands the test of time.
Some common traditional design characteristics include:
- Simple, clean rooflines
- Modest eave overhangs
- Gable windows
- Practical, symmetrical layouts
- Natural stone, wood, and tile
- Furniture-grade built-ins
- Crown molding
Craftsman-style homes aim to create a cozy, personalized look and feel. This architectural style offers plenty of open space and large windows, allowing natural light to enter. Homes in this style often feature handcrafted details and natural materials.
Common features of craftsman homes include:
- Low-pitched roofs
- Wide eave overhangs
- Exposed roof rafters
- Decorative beams under gables
- Tapered square columns
Ranch-style homes range from original and simple design features to more custom and ornate features. These homes are meant to maximize the owner’s ability to age in place by eliminating stairs and offering ease of access.
Identifying elements of ranch homes include:
- L- or U-shaped layouts
- Large doorways and hallways
- Wrap patios or deck spaces
- Open-concept and great room floorplans
- Brick and wood features
Modern mountain homes are an emerging style that has moved from ski towns with its sleek modern take on the rustic style. They blend modern and chalet looks and usually have ample indoor and outdoor living spaces to maximize your property.
Key characteristics of modern mountain homes include:
- Unique timber-enhanced exteriors
- Oversized windows to bring nature inside the space
- Neutral and earth-tone colors
- Wood elements that are contrasted with iron and stone
- Large stone fireplaces
- Weathered cabinets and rough-hewn countertops
- Low-maintenance design
Modern homes favor simplicity and minimalism over the ornamentation of traditional design. Key features include:
- Elements of asymmetry
- Flat and low-sloped roofs
- Simple, clean materials for a calm feeling
- Open floor plans
- Large windows to maximize views
- Clean lines
Sleek, stylish, functional — these are the descriptions that come to mind when picturing a modern commercial building. Many of the same characteristics of modern residences overlap with modern corporate design, including:
- Metal, concrete, glass, and engineered stone surfaces
- Sleek lighting and plumbing fixtures
- Either a neutral or bright color scheme
- High-efficiency building materials
Custom Design/Build With Falcon Alaska
Falcon Alaska has built custom homes in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley since 1995.
Our in-house architectural and interior designers will incorporate architectural features that resonate with your style and functional needs. Then, our project management team will bring the plans to life!