Architectural Design Manual

The Wilson Ranch Home

The intent of the Guidelines is to allow for flexibility of architectural expression within a framework of post and beam construction suitable for this unique property.The goal is to achieve diversity of character through design elements representative of the land and surrounding area.Important elements of the Design Philosophy are:

  • Function
  • Appropriateness
  • Harmony
  • Natural Elements
  • Site Orientation
  • Simplicity in Detail

The following pages contain suggestions how one might successfully execute this concept.

Residential Overview

The character of the Wilson Ranch Home is established through the application of an American tradition found in the essence of the post and beam construction methodology.This form is expressed by:

  • The massing of a series of stepping forms.
  • Large timber roof frames supporting gabled roofs.
  • Expansive covered porches and decks, extending from the living areas.

The buildings are recognized at a distance by large, simple roof forms, often using gables and hips; siding, placed in a horizontal pattern; and stone accents.The structures are a mixture of strong masculine details with natural colors and rich accents.Natural light is used to welcome and warm style in a refreshingly rugged and friendly manner.

Historical Background

The post and beam construction originated in the seventeenth century with the Swedish immigrants.This type of construction was adopted by American settlers from many cultures, yielding a variety of regional personalities.In the West, ranch homes and working buildings utilized abundant local timber to create structures with voluminous great rooms.The “Western Mountain Home” was born.

Design Fundamentals

Wilson Ranch Lakefront Designs

David Leavengood Architects, also the designer of Freestone Inn, created four exciting lodge designs to choose from.Select one of them and customize to suit your needs and vision.

  Building Square Footage

Residential homes living space square footage may vary in size ranging from 1500 – 2800 square footage and must fit into the 4000sf building envelope.

Trailside Boundary Setbacks

All buildings or structures shall be set back from the Wilson Ranch boundary with the Forest Service land at least 50 feet.

Trailside Building Setbacks

All buildings and structures shall be set back from road right-of-way lines and from the periphery of the planned unit development to comply with the following standards and building envelopes:

Building Setback Limits

  • Front Setback – 50 feet, depending on homesite size and configuration.
  • Rear Setback – 50 feet, depending on homesite size and configuration.
  • Side Yard Setback – 25 feet.
  • Please refer to the Typical Homesite Layout in Section III for site planning examples.

Building Height Limitations

Dwellings shall not exceed 35 feet above average finished grade, with a maximum of 2 stories.


Lot Square Footage Requirements

The trailside lots have a building envelope of 7,000 square feet, and lakefront lots are 4,000 square feet.These building envelopes are designed to balance the size of structures with the environmental setting of the site.By maintaining buildings size to within the building envelope, the effectiveness of the open space between sites is maintained.

Final Plat Map

The Final Plat Map, provided by the developer with purchase of property, controls all setbacks and easements.If there are conflicts between the plat map and these guidelines, the plat map will govern.