Affordable Elegance: Kalispell's Silverbrook
Home in Silverbrook Development displays mid-range luxury
Silverbrook Estates in Kalispell is a tastefully planned, 325-acre development along with fountains, a system of trails plus open space and pond systems add to the bucolic resonance.
This homeowner selected Silverbrook Estates for its proximity to everything - minutes from Glacier National Park, the ski slopes of Big Mountain, shopping and town. Referred to as, “The Nordic,” her 3,281-square-foot residence was featured in the 2015 Flathead Valley Parade of Homes.
The owner worked with many local professionals blending eclectic elements of her unique family history into a zen-like retreat residence. “Our family is a melting pot,” the owner said. “My dad has Native American roots. My grandmother is half Finnish, half Irish. Our relatives migrated to Montana in 1890 from Finland to work in the copper mines. Some of our ancestors are Sami Arctic reindeer herders. When I visited there, we sat outside on animal skin blankets watching the campfire.”
Representing that warm feeling, a floor-to-ceiling, two-way fireplace crafted by the Fireplace Center separates the living room from the state-of-the-art, kitchen stocked with a pantry, sub-zero refrigerator and Wolf range. A huge copper range hood offers a nod to her family’s mining history.
Black pearl-hone granite on the kitchen island compliments the rosemary-stained, distressed, rustic-alder cabinets below. Sienna-stained, black-glazed cherry cabinets highlight typhoon-bordeaux granite countertops, all installed by Distinctive Countertops & Cabinetry of Kalispell.
A large inside window allows the chef to keep an eye on guests in the spa area where a custom-shaped, indoor swimming pool offers a great way to keep in shape even on snowy days. The room also boasts a Jacuzzi overlooking the sprawling neighboring farm. Window shades, copper-framed lighting and shower fixtures, room and water temperature are all controlled with the push of a button. In another nod to her lineage, a true Nordic sauna offers the perfect way to melt stress away.
Pam Wright and her daughter-in-law, Alana Wright of Wright’s Furniture in Whitefish, worked closely with Lori to represent her rich heritage in every aspect of decor. A painting by Alana of bright red poppies matches the homeowner’s dishes tying everything together.
An extra-deep love seat in the living room was built up from the frame to specifically to meet her needs. In the office Pam grouped a brightly-colored portrait of a Native American, a traditional bow and arrow, historic rifle and an deer-skin drum as historical tokens of her inheritance.
Reindeer images are discretely scattered around the home. On the outside of the home, Riverside Garage Doors installed a Wayne-Dalton 9700 steel-carriage house door with the look of wood and strength of steel.
Viking Faux Finishes stained the front door and garage door to look like wood, and added decorative rustic hammered Clavos tacks and window boxes. Native Montana stones inside and out complete the cottage effect.
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