Homes and Lifestyle
One St. Patrick's Day my father asked me if I had my peas and potatoes planted. That was the traditional day we put them in the ground back in Ohio, but since there was a foot of snow on the ground, I figured it would have to wait. That's the tricky part of Montana vegetable gardening. If you're from another state, don't hold fast to anything you used to do. If you move from one area ...
Village by the Bay: Timber Bay brings luxury, convenience to Bigfork
Timber Bay is a development of eight luxury town homes situated above Commerce Street in Bigfork, within easy walking distance to downtown and sporting a magnificent view of Flathead Lake. Originally envisioned by Wayne Heaton of Clearwater Montana Properties and Paul McElroy of Montana Build, Inc., construction of the George Gibson design was well underway when the project’s current owners, David and Carolyn Vale, came on the scene.
Smaller is better, as Rocky Mountain Rustics shows in this custom home
BIG SKY — The town of Big Sky is notched out of a wide, open valley at the base of Lone Mountain. Like the town itself, this home by Rocky Mountain Rustics is carved out of nature. Set on a hillside just across the Gallatin River from Big Sky, the home typifies Rocky Mountain elegance.
Dove-tailed timbers form the frame of the home, and the timber accents are brought inside in true timber frame fashion. The cabin has a gabled roof, and the builders added two shed roofs that cover the porches on either side of the home.
Big Sky Builders specializes in design/build
The heart and soul of what Bitterroot Design Group is all about can be summarized in two words: design and build. “Clients wish to put a team together between their architect and builder, hoping the two separate entities will work in total harmony,” explains Brett Mauri, owner of Bitterroot Design Group in Big Sky. “It doesn’t always work that way.”
It’s the nature of the beast, the essence of the industry that there will always be things that are drawn that really can’t be built as they are drawn, says Mauri. This is the advantage of the Bitterroot Design Group and their design-build philosophy. If there is a problem, their staff architects sit down face to face with their builders to get an instant solution to any potential architectural issues. This ability to expedite problem solving is an enormous advantage and cost benefit to their clients, Mauri says.
Bringing Green to the Masses
Two Bozeman men are bringing sustainable housing to the mass market. Corey Williamson and Caleb Beaudin created Build My House Green, a project that brings together builders, contractors and suppliers to build a model home using sustainable products and techniques. Williamson and Beaudin created their first home in Missoula in spring 2007, and a...
Montana garden accessories complete a home’s look
A Montana home is like an outfit of clothing: both need the right accessories to feel complete. Inside, window treatments, carefully hung pictures and well-placed sentimental trinkets work together to give a home its special look. Outside, a garden functions in much the same way. Make this outdoor space an extension of your home by taking your decorating flair to the garden.
Sculptor and garden hobbyist Mary Ann Inman envisioned adding classical European marble figures to her park-like landscape. She wanted accessories that would accentuate her garden’s serenity, so she sculpted a pair of life-size angels at rest. She felt a relaxed pose depicted power in its stillness, which was appropriate for the sacred space of her garden.
Crossing Over: Bozeman's Crossing offers maintenance-free living in new urban community
Bozeman’s Crossing development resembles something we might have all grown up with: a neighborhood unto itself, with parks, paths, playgrounds and pavilions. In fact, PC Development, the Crossing’s owner, set out to build a community that would offer family lifestyle with close access to commercial and office space. The Crossing, whose streets are named after Montana mountain passes, is part of the Baxter Meadows 460-acre development. Within the two developments nearly 190 acres have been set aside as open space.
Gilman Woodworking mixes business with pleasure
The gathering of people focuses intently as Chef Marc Guizol of La Provence prepares a butternut squash soup with mussels. He moves efficiently and effectively in the kitchen as he speaks to the group about the process of de-bearding the mussels. But he is not in his restaurant. Instead, he teaches and prepares a meal in Gilman Woodworking’s new showroom. Sitting in the back of the showroom, owner and craftsman Jeff Gilman knows his work has succeeded. He strives to build the finest custom kitchens, so the fluid movements of a world-class chef in a workspace of his design are as rewarding as the flavors of the soup.
Flathead Lake is element of design in Bigfork home
Water becomes a design element at this home, where Flathead Lake laps at the shoreline just out the front door.
This 4,300-square-foot home is near the entrance to Bigfork Bay, facing west, across the broad expanse of Flathead Lake. Architect Keith Beck, of Unique Home Design in Bigfork, situated so that the Montana sunsets stream through the tall windows, and so that summertime guests can enjoy the lake lifestyle.
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