The Ultimate Guide to Home Design
January 25, 2008
Standing under the grand, curved ceiling of the Osprey House, I could see the shimmering blue waters of Flathead lake stretching far to the north and south.
New book showcases Montana's finest homes
It was the first time - almost 15 years ago - that I witnessed the kind of magnificent beauty that could be achieved when fine home craftsmanship was combined with the inspiring beauty of the Montana landscape.
Whitefish architect Richard Smith designed that house, which went on to become one of Montana's signature homes. The home features dramatic, sweeping roof lines that from above resemble the spreading wings of an osprey fishhawk. Smith had taken the cues for the home design directly from the environment; when he was siting the house, a large osprey nest sat in a tall tree overlooking the lake, and it was this aspect of the natural environment that led to the Osprey House's design.
Smith's design has stood the test of time, and the home is still one of Montana's most unique and inspiring abodes.
Since that day inside the Osprey House I've been fortunate to be able to tour many of Montana's most expansive, elaborate homes, from Bigfork to Big Sky.
Many of these homes are featured in this book - Montana's first true architecture and design magazine. It's our goal to showcase Montana's leading architects, designers and craftspeople, and to show you what can be accomplished in Montana when it comes to design and construction.
Like Smith's original design of the Osprey House, this magazine will be inspired by all that is great and grand in the Montana landscape. We hope you enjoy the read, and we look forward to bringing you more great homes in the 2009 edition of Montana's Finest Homes.
- David Reese, editor
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