Wade and Associates: The Test of Time
July 28, 2010
Rock has a way of making a grand statement, and at
this home at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, stone
Central to this home built by Wade and Associates
are stones that are 12,000 pounds and over 20 feet
high, including a hand-carved Frontier sandstone
staircase. It was around this feature that the builders
created this 7,300-square foot contemporary home at
the exclusive Yellowstone Club.
Given the mountainous landscape and steep slope of
the lot, the main living areas of this home —
including the great room, kitchen and master suite —
are all on the second floor. Here, taking center stage
rests a 20-foot-long moss rock fireplace cascading in
a free-form shape. The fireplace adds interest and
definition to the great room, which includes an
entertainment center, hidden by retractable wrought
iron doors mimicking the fireplace, and in its
entirety, is topped by a Frontier sandstone mantel.
The décor is a mixture of the home’s Montana roots
and the owners’ West Coast heritage. Wade and
Associates put many of their craftsmen to work
building custom items for the home, including a
bunkroom designed to offer truly western hospitality
with its five reclaimed pine beds surrounded by
distressed alder wainscoting, tipi light sconces and
They were little touches that added up to a grand
statement; things that Wade and Associates is used to
doing. "That’s the one thing about being a custom
home builder and building a relationship with your
client," says Larry Wade. "If they see something they
want integrated into their home, we figure out how to
make that happen. The architect has the freedom to
do what he does best and then we do what we do
For one of their clients a storage closet evolved into a
custom wine cellar, complete with Montana moss
rock stone interior, a barbed-wire fused glass door
inset into an old-world rounded entry. The
completion of this same home turned into a new
landscaping project featuring several types of the
newest technology in outdoor pools accented with a
Wade and Associates Builders have a history steeped
in the finer aspects of the building industry. After
many years as a carpenter, Larry Wade opened a full-
service cabinet shop in 1990. Just one year later, he
and a partner teamed up to open the doors of their
fine home construction business. The company
evolved over the next 15 years and in 2003 became
known as Wade and Associates Builders, a
partnership between Larry and his son, Cooper.
Today, the cabinet shop continues to produce the
detailed custom cabinetry, doors, interior trim and
even some of the furniture that adorns the luxury
mountain homes in Big Sky, Montana.
"The complexity and the detail of the projects have
substantially increased," says Cooper Wade.
"Building a home can be a lot of fun. We turn our
clients’ hopes and dreams into reality."
About Wade and Associates:
Wade and Associates Builders, Inc. is a custom home
builder in Big Sky, Montana, that provides full
construction services, from assisting in architect
selection to turnkey completion.
On the Web: www.wadeassocbigsky.com.