Western Design

Residential architecture in the Northern Rockies


Western Design: Reviving the Barn

Fly Fishing 2012       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

When it comes to remodeling, a lot of people might be daunted by an architect reporting that a building is dilapidated and structurally unsound with a compromised foundation. But for…

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Western Design: JLF & Associates

Home 2010       Written By Seabring Davis      

The architectural firm JLF & Associates has built a reputation in the Rocky Mountain West that borders on iconic. Credited by many to have initiated the reclaimed building materials movement in…

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Western Design: Historic Haven

Fly Fishing 2011       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

Down a tranquil, tree-lined road there is an iconic mountain camp on Swan Lake that hearkens to a bygone era when times were simpler: It’s the Kootenai Lodge. If the…

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Western Design: At the Lake’s Edge

Fall 2015       Written By Christine Phillips       Photography By Gibeon Photography      

Architectural Design and Construction: Mindful Designs Additional Architectural Design: Timber Forge Designs Stonework: Greenwood Masonry Marty Beale, of Mindful Designs, doesn’t hesitate when asked what feature he likes most about the contemporary waterfront…

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Western Design: The Idaho Club

Fly Fishing 2010       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Karl Neumann      

Bigger than Tahoe, warmer than Flathead and one of the largest lakes in the country, Lake Pend O’Reille (pronounced Pond-uh-Ray) is one of Idaho’s best features. Just ask the folks at…

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Western Design: The Montana Cookhouse

Fall 2016       Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Richard Barnes      

Twenty years ago, when Greg and Anne Avis of San Francisco, California, bought a 20,000-acre historic cattle ranch just outside of the small agricultural community of Clyde Park, Montana, they…

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Western Design: River Retreat

Summer 2013       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Gordon Gregory      

Choosing to build a summer home in Ennis was easy for Charlie and Judy Blue, who came to the small corner of southwest Montana by way of fly fishing on…

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Western Design: Cabin in the Rough

Summer 2013       Written By Kim Ibes       Photography By Gordon Gregory      

Set on just over 85 acres north of Bozeman, along a small stretch of the East Gallatin’s prosperous brush-covered waterways, avid fisherman Mark Kehke and his family have created a…

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Western Design: A Montana Tradition

Summer 2014       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Heidi Long      

Nestled on a hillside overlooking a wide expanse of the Madison River and mountain range, Distant Thunder Lodge testifies to the invariable beauty that comes from a cross-cultural design merger.…

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Western Design: Cabin Fever

Winter 2015       Written By Christine Phillips       Photography By Gibeon Photography      

When interior designer Hunter Dominick and her husband Bayard purchased property on Othorp Lake outside of Eureka, Montana, their vision was to build a modest vacation home in a quiet…

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Western Design: Modern Solutions

Summer 2012       Written By Kim Ibes       Photography By Derik Olsen      

Bozeman’s wealth of natural amenities, sprinkled with a touch of civic refinement, have proven to be as potent an elixir for 21st century settlers as they were for those that…

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Western Design: Refuge Sustainable Building Center

Home 2010       Written By Jamie Knowles       Photography By Tom Ferris      

With a slogan that promises to build healthy environments indoors and out, Refuge Sustainable Building Center has a big mission.  Expanding its products and services at Refuge is one measure…

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Western Design: In the Studio with Scott Christensen

Arts 2011       Written By Seonaid B. Campbell       Photography By David Swift      

It is an acutely bright spring morning at Scott Christensen’s studio near Victor, Idaho. Outside the north wall of high-set windows, a deep blue sky holds ebullient clouds. In all directions,…

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Western Design: Agricultural Homage

Arts 2015       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Karl Neumann      

A few years after Bozeman was founded in 1864, Bob Harvey’s family began making their livelihood off the land in the Gallatin Valley. A granary, barn and one-room cabin overlooked…

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Western Design: Restoring Tranquility

Fly Fishing 2017       Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Audrey Hall      

When a Chicago, Illinois-area family started looking into buying a ranch in the Rockies, they wrote down a checklist of specific criteria to have on hand during the search. But…

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Western Design: Parkitecture

Home 2009       Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Gordon Gregory      

With a two-and-a-half story great room centered around windows perfectly framing the Spanish Peaks, walls lined with faint swirls of weathered pine, and two towering chimneys that match the rock…

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Western Design: Back to Nature

Arts 2016       Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Audrey Hall      

With a laid-back, Southern drawl and a casual, easygoing laugh, Mary Hayes talks about the experience of building her family’s second home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the kind of…

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Western Design: In the Studio with Painter Hugh Wilson

Arts 2010       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

Hugh Wilon is comfortable living nearly anywhere. He weathered mud huts in Algeria. In Niger he spent three months in a reed hut. He dwelled easily in a Brooklyn loft.…

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Western Design: Prairie Renaissance

Fall 2014       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Roger Wade      

Great architectural design is often subtle. It can slide by unnoticed, something that resonates unconsciously as opposed to making an obtrusive statement. Effective architecture is something you might not notice,…

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Western Design: Classic Meets Contemporary

Arts 2014       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Karl Neumann      

Located near historic downtown, the Bon Ton district offers the best example of classic residential architecture built in the early 1880s to the mid-1930s in Bozeman, Montana. It was in…

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Western Design: Lone Peak Lookout

Winter 2012       Written By Carter G. Walker       Photography By Karl Neumann      

Never mind that this was Reid Smith's first project in the Yellowstone Club, and one of the first big projects — period — for the young architect.  From the moment he set…

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Western Design: A Place to Belong

Fall 2013       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Derik Olsen      

For the Childrey Family, building a home out West meant being good stewards of the land. Bill and Elizabeth Childrey recognized that the older buildings on their newly-purchased property along…

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Western Design: Reclaimed Respect

Summer 2015       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Roger Wade      

In 1863, Melvin A. Ross climbed more than 4,000 feet and planted a flag on a mountaintop, claiming his namesake peak 26 years before Montana was a state. Within the…

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Western Design: Mountainscape Living

Winter 2016       Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Audrey Hall      

Many residents of Big Sky, Montana, no matter what originally brought them here, never forget their first glimpse of Lone Peak, the iconic mountain that serves as backdrop to the…

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Western Design: In the Studio with Wendy Marquis, Christopher Paolini and Amber Jean

Arts 2013       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Audrey Hall      

The Painters Road: Wendy Marquis Written and Photographed by Jennifer Olsson The air is heavy with the scent of freshly cut hay as we rattle along a rolling country road near…

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Western Design: A Farmhouse with Flair

Summer 2016       Written By Allen Morris Jones       Photography By Karl Neumann      

The trick these days, increasingly, is to find yourself some kind of a home, a refuge amid the competing demands of the day, a place that will fit you as…

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Western Design: Refined Rustic

Summer 2011       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Gordon Gregory      

If a home is an expression of the people who live in it, then Jim and Diana Wagner’s house has a lot to say. The drive to the house is…

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Western Design: Creekside Contemporary

Fly Fishing 2014       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Karl Neumann      

There are moments in a lifetime when a place reaches out to you and takes hold of your heart. For one California couple, that place was Montana’s Madison Valley. The…

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Western Design: The Trapper’s Cabin

Winter 2009       Photography By Heidi Long       Written By Sarah Belk King      

In order to achieve the ancient, peaceful sound of moving water, most mere mortals have to create it themselves via man-mad fountains and backyard "waterfalls." But others — like Tom and Marilyn…

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Western Design: Home Base

Fly Fishing 2015       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Longviews Studios      

ARCHITECT: KIBO GROUP TIMBERFRAMER: CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS INTERIOR DESIGN: IN FORM DESIGN When Bill Nutt was searching for property in the Rocky Mountain region, it was all about the fishing. He…

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Western Design: Cowboy Modern

Summer 2010       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

Wyoming may be the "Cowboy State," but Jackson Hole is above all a mountain community. Wrapped by five mountain ranges the valley is known as much for skiing as for…

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Western Design: Mountain Zen

Winter 2013       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

When Steve and Sascha Taylor came to Reid Smith Architects, they had lofty visions for their home in Montana’s Yellowstone Club. “I just wanted to feel like the house was…

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Western Design: Uniquely Rustic

Winter 2010       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Karl Neumann      

At the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Andesite Ridge Road winds up the side of the mountain, switchbacking toward views in every direction. On one curve in the road, hidden…

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Western Design: A Fresh Start

Winter 2014       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Peter Gibeon       Photography By Kelley Gibeon      

The Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, Montana’s exclusive gated community, is hardly the place one would expect to find a duplex. Yet, overlooking the base area of some of the best…

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Western Design: A New Mountain Lodge

Winter 2011       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

For architect Jamie Daugaard, architecture is a chance to tell a story. As principal of Centre Sky Architecture in Big Sky, he approaches every project with the intention of designing a…

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Western Design: In the Studio with the Viers

Arts 2009       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

In their Livintson, Montana, workshop Russell and Rusty Viers keep the fantasy of the rugged West alive with their handcrafted furniture. Hulky club chairs made from exotically knarled juniper, clad in…

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Western Design: Rocky Mountain Rustics, RMR Group

Home 2012       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Karl Neumann      

RMR Group, a full-service contracting firm specializing in mountain-style home construction in Big Sky, has developed a unique and successful approach to the business of building. Instead of being a…

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Western Design: Rustic Allure

Spring & Summer 2009       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

In Jackson, Wyoming, rustic style regns supreme. After all, this is where the elk antler arches on the Town Square, worn boardwalks, cowboy boots and Native American collectibles have made the…

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Western Design: Living Streamside

Fly Fishing 2009       Written By Dina Mishev       Photography By Roger Wade      

Anglers come form around the world to fish the aters near Island Park, Idaho. The Henry’s Fork — selected by Trout Unlimited members as their favorite river — is the main…

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Western Design: In the Studio with Head, Heart, and Hand

Arts 2012       Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Audrey Hall      

Hundreds of templates hang on the walls of Head, Heart and Hand, a small workshop in downtown Livingston that specializes in building American Craftsman furniture from the 1900s. Some templates replicate…

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Western Design: Simple Beauty

Fly Fishing 2016       Written By Kristen Pope       Photography By Matthew Millman      

The iconic Jackson Hole Aerial Tram rises 4,139 feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, and the owners of this Shooting Star residence can watch its journey every day. Their…

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